avail·​abil·​i·​ty | \ə-ˌvā-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē \
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 availability of air conditioning varies throughout the state prison system. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "Health inspectors visit prisons after receiving complaints about heat," 13 July 2018 There's overall availability, private lots and garage spaces to consider, too. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville downtown parking cost are rising. Are we being overcharged?," 13 July 2018 The study was part of Baltimore’s smart cities initiative, an effort to improve life in Baltimore in areas including broadband availability, traffic, air quality, public safety and economic equality. Gal Tziperman Lotan, baltimoresun.com, "Free WiFi, public safety key to turning Baltimore into a 'smart city,' residents say," 12 July 2018 Rates vary on dates and availability, starting at $150 per night. Fortune, "'Glamping' Has Officially Come to New York City," 12 July 2018 The availability of jobs, and in some cases better pay, is causing workers to quit their jobs at record levels and is encouraging other Americans to start or restart job searches. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "U.S. Jobless Claims Fall in Holiday Week," 12 July 2018 Additionally, half of the responses said there’s a demand for mobile applications that provide real-time information on parking pricing and availability. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Uber and Lyft are forcing Southern California parking companies to adapt or die," 7 July 2018 Or the availability and maintenance of nearby public green space. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Why Is There a ‘Gaming Disorder’ But No ‘Smartphone Disorder?’," 28 June 2018 The Site may modify, suspend, discontinue or restrict the use of any portion of the Site, including the availability of any portion of the Content at any time, without notice or liability. sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Union-Tribune Terms of Service," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of availability

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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