un·​avail·​able ˌən-ə-ˈvā-lə-bəl How to pronounce unavailable (audio)
: not available: such as
: not possible to get or use
a book that is currently unavailable online
The conference room is unavailable this afternoon.
: unable or unwilling to do something
Officials were unavailable for comment.
The manager is unavailable to speak with you right now.
unavailability noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Not easy with defensive linchpin Allen unavailable. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 1 Dec. 2022 Throughout its history there have only been a few times where the readings became unavailable: a period in 1964 due to federal budget cuts and a short period in 1984 when the last Mauna Loa eruption cut off power lines. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 29 Nov. 2022 While the third generation is still unavailable as of this writing, the wildly popular second generation AirPods are back in stock and 50 percent off. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2022 Connor Turnbull making presence felt inside Butler freshman Connor Turnbull had been relegated to mop-up duty in Butler's previous games, but with DJ Hughes unavailable, Matta turned to the 6-10 center in the first half. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Nov. 2022 On some delivery apps, grocery delivery services became unavailable, citing shortages of workers. Jason Douglas, WSJ, 25 Nov. 2022 Ariana Drummond, a spokesperson for Hutt, said the councilmember was on vacation and unavailable to comment. Liam Dillonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2022 Tyrone Williams, who injured his right ankle late in UO’s loss to UConn in the opening round of the PKI on Thursday, is in a walking boot and unavailable for Friday’s game against No. 12 Michigan State at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. oregonlive, 25 Nov. 2022 There are no specific blackout dates for the sale but specific hotels may have unavailable dates, according to Samantha Fink, spokesperson for Marriott. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unavailable was in 1855

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“Unavailable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unavailable. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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