available

[uh-vey-luh-buhl]

adjective

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
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

Synonyms for available

Antonyms for available

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Related Words for unavailable

nonexistent, married, out, taken, unaccessible

Examples from the Web for unavailable

Contemporary Examples of unavailable

Historical Examples of unavailable

  • It had been broken off, and this means of egress was unavailable.

    The Dare Boys of 1776

    Stephen Angus Cox

  • If the photophore is unavailable, a hot-water bottle may be applied.

    The Mother and Her Child

    William S. Sadler

  • I mailed it next day to the Knickerbocker, with stamps for return if unavailable.

    Eben Holden

    Irving Bacheller

  • Three more were unavailable while their damages were being slowly repaired.

    Famous Sea Fights

    John Richard Hale

  • He has been abused about the western banks and the unavailable funds.


British Dictionary definitions for unavailable

unavailable

adjective

not obtainable or accessibleunavailable for comment

available

adjective

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 unavailable
adj.

1540s, "ineffectual," from un- (1) "not" + available. Meaning "incapable of being used" is recorded from 1855. Unavailing (1660s) has taken up the older sense of the word.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper