avail·​abil·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˌvā-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce availability (audio) \
plural availabilities

Definition of availability

1 : the quality or state of being available trying to improve the availability of affordable housing
2 : an available person or thing
3 US : a usually brief session in which a public figure (such as a politician) is made available to answer questions from members of the press a press availability The rigors of campaigning are amply demonstrated in marathon days of radio and television talk shows, media availabilities, sessions with newspaper editorial boards … and fund-raising events.— Steve Goldstein

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The indicator for the availability of skills needed fell to minus 28 in December, another all-time low, down from minus 26 in November. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Richmond Fed’s Manufacturing Index Weakened in December," 26 Dec. 2018 With most of the big names such as LeBron James, Chris Paul, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins signing deal, teams are still asking about the availability of San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, who reportedly wants out. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "NBA Free Agency Rumors: Spurs Not Rushing To Deal Kawhi; Amir Johnson Back With Sixers," 5 July 2018 While his request was being studied at the White House, the Joint Chiefs of Staff formally asked Strategic Command about the availability of the assets. William Langewiesche, The Atlantic, "An Extraordinarily Expensive Way to Fight ISIS," 21 June 2018 Stop looking for the silver bullet In Los Angeles, architects are exploring how accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can increase the availability of affordable homes through context-appropriate density in single-family neighborhoods. Diana Budds, Curbed, "3 ways architects can improve social equity," 8 Nov. 2018 Experts in Bangalore say the problem is not the availability of water but its management. Washington Post, "Water mismanagement leaves India’s Silicon Valley parched," 16 May 2018 Upgrade Your Notebooks Check for availability at your local Marshalls FIND A STORE Organization is key to a functional desk. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "6 Colorful Ways to Liven up Your Desk," 8 Mar. 2019 The Kalk& debuted at Outdoor Retailer 2018 in Denver in the L.E.O. (light electric off-road) category, though full specs, availability, and cost won't hit until next month. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "This Swedish E-Motorbike Is Boxy, Beautiful, and Badass," 8 Feb. 2019 And while previous test-tube studies had linked cooked cruciferous veggies with a lower nutrient availability, newer findings support the idea that eating cabbage and other veggies in any form is good for you and helps to support digestion. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Fact: Cabbage Packs the Same Nutritional Benefits as Kale," 7 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of availability

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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