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available

[uh-vey-luh-buhl]
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adjective
  1. suitable or ready for use; of use or service; at hand: I used whatever tools were available.
  2. readily obtainable; accessible: available resources.
  3. having sufficient power or efficacy; valid.
  4. Archaic. efficacious; profitable; advantageous.
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Origin of available

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at avail, -able
Related formsa·vail·a·bil·i·ty, a·vail·a·ble·ness, nouna·vail·a·bly, adverbin·ter·a·vail·a·bil·i·ty, nounin·ter·a·vail·a·ble, adjectivenon·a·vail·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·a·vail·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·a·vail·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·vail·a·ble·ness, nounun·a·vail·a·bly, adverb

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Related Words

deficiency, drought, lack, omission, dearth, privation, void, inadequacy, insufficiency, want, need, unavailability

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  • Illinois State forests will always be smaller than those of other states because of the unavailability of low valued land.

    Forest Trees of Illinois

    Fuller George D.


British Dictionary definitions for unavailability

available

adjective
  1. obtainable or accessible; capable of being made use of; at hand
  2. US politics derogatory suitable for public office, usually as a result of having an inoffensive characterSmith was a particularly available candidate
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Derived Formsavailability or availableness, nounavailably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unavailability

n.

1855, from un- (1) "not" + availability.

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available

adj.

mid-15c., "beneficial," also "valid, effective, capable of producing the desired effect," from avail + -able. Meaning "at one's disposal, capable of being made use of" is recorded from 1827.

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