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[uh-vey-luh-buh l] /əˈveɪ lə bəl/
suitable or ready for use; of use or service; at hand:
I used whatever tools were available.
readily obtainable; accessible:
available resources.
having sufficient power or efficacy; valid.
Archaic. efficacious; profitable; advantageous.
Origin of available
late Middle English
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
1. accessible, usable, handy.
1. unavailable. Unabridged
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  • The rule also specifies refund conditions if tickets become unavailable.
  • The service was unavailable for about an hour and a half, in the middle of the day.
  • Coombs was unavailable for comment and has indicated he will not be speaking with any media prior to the hearing.
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  • Your stadium scheme has the same problem--the central bowl occupied by mirrors is then unavailable for planting.
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British Dictionary definitions for unavailable


not obtainable or accessible: unavailable for comment


obtainable or accessible; capable of being made use of; at hand
(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 unavailable

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.



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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