[ uh-vey-luh-buhl ]
/ əˈveɪ lə bəl /


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.

Origin of available

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


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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

/ (əˈveɪləbəl) /


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 forms of available

availability or availableness, nounavailably, adverb
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