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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As consumers increasingly do their shopping on the internet—even buying big, bulky items like furniture off the internet—the availability of warehouse space to store those goods and fulfill orders continues to decline across the U.S. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "U.S. Warehouse Supply at Its Tightest in Two Decades," 11 July 2018 Access to the transformative powers of water, not the availability of plots of land, proved a far more valuable commodity. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 But the widespread availability of the basic building blocks of life online means bad actors may not have to break into a remote lab and steal a smallpox virus sample to unleash a devastating act of biological terrorism. Rebecca Spalding, Bloomberg.com, "The DNA Cops Who Make Sure the World’s Deadliest Viruses Aren’t Rebuilt," 27 June 2018 That result, some contend, reduces the availability of affordably priced housing. Caitlin Mccabe, Philly.com, "Philadelphia has 2,172,896 parking spaces. So how come you're still circling the block?," 12 July 2018 In addition, a battery plant will also be built near the existing passenger-car plant ensuring availability of cutting-edge technology for future generations of Mercedes-Benz vehicles built in the U.S. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Hair Saloon plans Houston expansion," 10 July 2018 To increase the availability of other types of animal feed, China’s customs authority removed inspection requirements on a variety of agricultural byproducts, including peanut meal, cottonseed meal, and rapeseed meal. Raymond Zhong, BostonGlobe.com, "China’s taste for soybeans is a weak spot in trade war with Trump," 9 July 2018 The airport’s website also allows travelers to check availability of parking online — though lots can fill up quickly as the day progresses. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Hartsfield-Jackson parking squeeze causes travel hassles," 29 June 2018 Factors that influenced the ranking include the number of jobs available, where those jobs are located, the availability of transit services and population size. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Study: KC's job accessibility by transit growing faster than in San Francisco, Austin," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of availability

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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