un·​avail·​able | \ ˌən-ə-ˈvā-lə-bəl How to pronounce unavailable (audio) \

Definition of unavailable

: not available: such as
a : not possible to get or use a book that is currently unavailable online The conference room is unavailable this afternoon.
b : unable or unwilling to do something Officials were unavailable for comment. The manager is unavailable to speak with you right now.

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unavailability \ ˌən-​ə-​ˌvā-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unavailability (audio) \ noun

Examples of unavailable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the lockdown, her driver is on leave and public transport is unavailable. Priti Salian, Quartz India, "Differently abled Indian healthcare workers fight a lonely battle against Covid-19," 8 May 2020 With schools closed and childcare unavailable during COVID-19, many parents are left to juggle the responsibilities of their jobs with taking care of their kids. refinery29.com, "These Photos Offer An Intimate Peek Into The WFH Routines Of 3 Mums," 6 May 2020 So most publishers have been careful during the shutdown not to damage the future sales of current (but unavailable) print product by releasing it as digital. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Holy quarantine! Comics industry providing plenty of content to keep us busy: Captain Comics," 2 May 2020 When the lead that is so integral to the studio’s work became unavailable during World War II, business slowed considerably. Liesl Bradner, Los Angeles Times, "Judson Studios, oldest family-run stained-glass maker in the U.S., weathers the storm," 1 May 2020 How does that fly when testing for the rest of the country, even for those who are sick and showing signs of the coronavirus, remains difficult to administer or unavailable? Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Major US team sports will be searching for the path back to playing for a while," 1 May 2020 Some strategic options can be set aside as unavailable or unattainable. William A. Galston, WSJ, "After Coronavirus Lockdowns, Don’t Expect ‘Normal’," 28 Apr. 2020 But readers alerted me Thursday evening about the system being unavailable for the next few evenings. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "IRS 'Get My Payment' stimulus tool to get critical update," 24 Apr. 2020 The healthcare and information technology (IT) industries are among the most reliant H-1B users and use the program to find highly skilled workers unavailable here. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Experts disagree on benefits of Trump move to curtail legal immigration," 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of unavailable

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unavailable was in 1855

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17 May 2020

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“Unavailable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unavailable. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unavailable

: not possible to get or use
: not able or willing to do something

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