ineffectual; futile.

Origin of unavailing

First recorded in 1660–70; un-1 + avail + -ing2
Related formsun·a·vail·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unavailing

Contemporary Examples of unavailing

  • My efforts to reach Robbins to hear his explanation were unavailing, alas.

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    Hollywood's Liberal Heartbreak

    Lloyd Grove

    January 3, 2010

  • Efforts to determine when the Massachusetts legislature last felt embarrassed were unavailing.

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    Teddy's Catholic Pain

    Adam Clymer

    August 26, 2009

Historical Examples of unavailing

British Dictionary definitions for unavailing



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

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

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