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.

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 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
  1. not obtainable or accessibleunavailable for comment

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
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