suitable or ready for use; of use or service; at hand: I used whatever tools were available.
readily obtainable; accessible: available resources.
having sufficient power or efficacy; valid.
Archaic. efficacious; profitable; advantageous.

Nearby words

  1. ava,
  2. avadavat,
  3. avail,
  4. avail oneself of,
  5. availability,
  6. available light,
  7. availing,
  8. availment,
  9. avalanche,
  10. avalanche lily

Origin of available

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at avail, -able

Related forms
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Examples from the Web for unavailability

  • Liu interjected that the unavailability of private money was backed up by a Congressional Budget Office report.

    GOPer Says Romney Wrong on Bailout|Michael Tomasky|October 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • 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



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

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Word Origin and History for unavailability
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