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

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And although Hudson-Odoi could be unavailable for Lampard at the start of the season, their recent talks over his first-team chances next campaign has left the teenager 'close' to signing a new contract with the club. SI.com, "Callum Hudson-Odoi Ready to Sign New Chelsea Contract After Talks With Frank Lampard," 6 July 2019 In some cases, scores were unavailable for some schools, including instances where the measured group included fewer than 10 students. Aric Chokey, sun-sentinel.com, "Database: 2019 FSA language arts and math scores for South Florida schools," 5 July 2019 Michalski's widow, Susan, was unavailable for an interview for this story. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's how local electricians gave back to the family of fallen Milwaukee Police Officer Michael Michalski," 3 July 2019 Egbert’s attorney, John Lemon, was unavailable for comment. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Man arrested for smuggling immigrants after answering Craigslist ad," 28 June 2019 Hill was not immediately available for comment, while Kissinger was unavailable for comment after recently accepting an assistant superintendent job with the Del Norte County Unified School District. Andrew J. Campa, latimes.com, "Burbank Unified settles lawsuit with former special education director," 25 June 2019 Browning was unavailable for comment on the situation. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "1,900 Michigan UAW workers strike at Saline plant for Ford, FCA, Tesla parts," 21 June 2019 Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker was unavailable for comment Monday when the Statesman called to ask about the county’s insurance with ICRMP. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "A local man claimed he was wrongfully held in jail on ICE hold. Now the county must pay him.," 4 June 2019 An employee at the store declined to comment on Sunday, and said a manager was unavailable. New York Times, "Phoenix Mayor Apologizes After Police Draw Guns on Family Over Report of Stolen Doll," 16 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of unavailable

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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