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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Her exact animal-print dress may be unavailable, but there's no shortage of similar items out there. Glamour, "Taylor Swift Wore Animal Print to the Cats Wrap Party, Because of Course She Did," 2 Apr. 2019 One weapon unavailable in 1918 is the flu shot, which Dr. Madad and other experts say is still a must, no matter its shortcomings. WSJ, "New Ideas to Fight the Flu," 20 Nov. 2018 Websites such as the LA Times, NY Daily News and Chicago Tribune are all temporarily blocked this morning, saying their content is unavailable in most European countries. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Various US news websites blocked as Europe’s GDPR data privacy law goes into effect," 2 Oct. 2018 This was a special sort of history that had been unavailable in the print resources around me. Edward Tenner, Time, "Search Engines May Seem All-Knowing, But They’re Not. Here’s How to Get More Trustworthy Results," 26 June 2018 But some of the states would go beyond that, giving their residents breaks unavailable in other states. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: North Korea summit prep encapsulates Trump’s winging-it presidency," 11 June 2018 More than 20,000 men have had the procedure – which, until now, had been unavailable in this part of Idaho. Dr. Jared G. Heiner, idahostatesman, "A new treatment for an old prostate problem | Idaho Statesman," 6 May 2018 Bazley was unavailable in Princeton's last two games, preventing what may have been a monumental match-up in the regional final with eventual state champion Moeller. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Dayton Dunbar made basketball tournament this year, out next year says OHSAA," 26 Apr. 2018 Baumgartner would of course adorn a custom $200,00 spacesuit utilizing technology unavailable in 1960, supplying oxygen and pressure-stabilizing mechanisms, minimizing the dangers to the human body inherent at such altitudes and speeds. Jonathan Doyle, Popular Mechanics, "Red Bull Stratos Challenge Halts Due to Lawsuit," 20 Oct. 2010

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First Known Use of unavailable

1855, in the meaning defined above

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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