un·​avail·​able | \ ˌən-ə-ˈvā-lə-bəl \

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 \ noun

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Correa received treatment from the trainer and, for a consecutive day, was unavailable to comment on his injury. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Carlos Correa out for second straight game with back stiffness," 27 June 2018 Hospital operational leaders for the UC Davis Medical Center were unavailable to comment. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Will I have to reschedule a hospital procedure? Here's what patients need to know about UC Davis strike | The Sacramento Bee," 7 May 2018 Nichols also has been unavailable to comment on his decision. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Solana Beach mayor resigns with no explanation," 5 Apr. 2018 Wadhwa was unavailable to comment by press deadline his reaction to the letter. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bypassing an issue? Railroad and state agree to deal that could keep Waukesha West Bypass on schedule," 10 Jan. 2018 On the evening of July 26, subscribers attempting to check in to films all over the country using the app were informed that their MoviePass was unavailable. Aja Romano, Vox, "MoviePass briefly stopped working — because it ran out of money," 27 July 2018 Trade in the official rate, unavailable to most Iranians, is a major source of corruption. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "‘We Need Bread and Butter’; Iranians Under Pressure in Flailing Economy," 25 July 2018 Coach Bobby Petrino has been unavailable for comment. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Fallout over Papa John's N-word scandal: Here's what we know," 12 July 2018 Right-handed reliever Darren O’Day, who left in the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss to Seattle after aggravating a left hamstring injury that forced him to be unavailable for four days last week, will likely be placed on the disabled list. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "After injuries to O'Day, Bundy and Gentry, expect lots of Orioles roster movement Wednesday," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of unavailable

1855, in the meaning defined above

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