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unavailing

[uhn-uh-vey-ling]
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adjective
  1. ineffectual; futile.
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Origin of unavailing

First recorded in 1660–70; un-1 + avail + -ing2
Related formsun·a·vail·ing·ly, adverb
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Related Words

barrenemptyexhaustedfruitlessidleimpracticalineffectiveineffectualtriflingtrivialunproductiveunprofitableunsuccessfuluselessvainvaluelessworthless

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unavailing

adjective
  1. useless or futile
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Derived Formsunavailingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unavailing

adj.

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

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