unavailing

[ uhn-uh-vey-ling ]
/ ˌʌn əˈveɪ lɪŋ /

adjective

ineffectual; futile.

Nearby words

  1. unattributed,
  2. unau,
  3. unauthorized,
  4. unavailability,
  5. unavailable,
  6. unavoidable,
  7. unaware,
  8. unawares,
  9. unbacked,
  10. unbalance

Origin of unavailing

First recorded in 1660–70; un-1 + avail + -ing2

Related formsun·a·vail·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for unavailing

unavailing

/ (ˌʌnəˈveɪlɪŋ) /

adjective

useless or futile
Derived Formsunavailingly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for unavailing

unavailing

adj.

1660s, from un- (1) "not" + availing. Also see unavailable.

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