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[uh-vey-luh-buh l] /əˈveɪ lə bəl/
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
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; see avail, -able
Related forms
availability, availableness, noun
availably, adverb
interavailability, noun
interavailable, adjective
nonavailability, noun
unavailability, noun
unavailable, adjective
unavailableness, noun
unavailably, adverb
Synonyms
1. accessible, usable, handy.
Antonyms
1. unavailable.
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Examples from the web for availability
  • But uncertainty about availability has frustrated both doctors and patients.
  • They say foreign students may be put off by higher cost, new format, and limited availability.
  • As awareness among consumers grows regarding the benefits of organic vegetables, the availability of this produce grows as well.
  • They have limited the availability of fishing licenses.
  • Reservations are determined through lotteries, but sometimes there is short-notice availability.
  • The company still won't disclose the exact availability.
  • The availability of broadband capacity has exploded with the laying of fiber-optic cable nationwide.
  • Build a better search engine, rather than restrict the availability of the information.
  • Today the availability of abundant data enables companies to cater to small niche markets anywhere in the world.
  • Anyway, poverty and starvation are due to the inequality between people, not to the absolute food availability.
British Dictionary definitions for availability

available

/əˈveɪləbəl/
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 character: Smith was a particularly available candidate
Derived Forms
availability, availableness, noun
availably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for availability
n.

1803, from available + -ity.

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
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availability in Technology

system
The degree to which a system suffers degradation or interruption in its service to the customer as a consequence of failures of one or more of its parts.
One of the components of RAS.
(2000-08-13)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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