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[uhn-uh-vey-ling] /ˌʌn əˈveɪ lɪŋ/
ineffectual; futile.
Origin of unavailing
1660-70; un-1 + avail + -ing2
Related forms
unavailingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unavailing
  • Further, this is unavailing, lazy and abrogates any responsibility of the elected.
  • All but the last call were on the same line-of-sight frequency that had already proved unavailing.
  • About half-past one the fleet withdrew, seeing their efforts were entirely unavailing.
  • If he is an heir of wrath, his exertions must be unavailing.
  • Police officers' attempts to quell the disturbance by firing shots in the air were unavailing.
  • These arguments, which are reviewed for plain error only due to his failure to present them to the district court, are unavailing.
  • Defendants have advanced several bases for removal, all of which are unavailing.
  • All efforts to use the newspapers for educative measures have proved unavailing.
  • Bowers's additional challenge to the private-citizen search that uncovered incriminating evidence is also unavailing.
  • As the district court explained, however, these arguments are unavailing.
British Dictionary definitions for unavailing


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

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

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