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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Although Snell could be named as a replacement due to a player injury, or a pitcher becoming unavailable because of throwing the Sunday prior to Tuesday's All-Star Game, Archer wasn't pulling punches when calling out those responsible — his peers. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Was Rays pitcher Chris Archer right in calling out peers for Blake Snell's All-Star snub?," 9 July 2018 The combination of Eli Paplanus, Hunter Rumachik and Grant Yakimisky got Huntley through a supersectional win over Loyola, with Laxner and Morgan unavailable due to pitch-count rules. Paul Johnson, Elgin Courier-News, "Huntley's Kyle Morgan is the Courier-News Baseball Player of the Year," 24 June 2018 The book is a psychic break from the tropes of rom-coms past, blissfully free of tired bro BS and women made to chase emotionally unavailable men with the ultimate goal of diamond rings and white weddings. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Camille Perri’s When Katie Met Cassidy Is the Delightful, Sexy, Queer Rom-Com Novel of the Summer," 20 June 2018 According to the latest reports, Inter have no current injury worries for Sunday, while neither side has any players unavailable through suspension. SI.com, "Lazio vs Inter Preview: Recent Form, Team News, Key Battle, Previous Encounter & More," 19 May 2018 One of the unavailable seniors in the defensive group is outside linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu, who remains suspended for reasons coach Jonathan Smith has not identified. Danny Moran, OregonLive.com, "Shemar Smith developing IQ in transition to inside linebacker; Tim Tibesar wants more defensive leadership: Beavers notes," 16 Apr. 2018 The long-term support concerns are on top of current F-35 challenges including parts shortages, unavailable aircraft and technical issues that must be resolved as the program ends its 17-year development phase. Anthony Capaccio, Bloomberg.com, "Air Force Risks Losing Third of F-35s If Upkeep Costs Aren't Cut," 28 Mar. 2018 The theoretical value of that data extends beyond the outcomes of individual students: The new materials also provide a trove of previously unavailable data. Laura Mckenna, The Atlantic, "Why Students Are Still Spending So Much for College Textbooks," 26 Jan. 2018 This person wasn’t like the cute queers Mirah had dated during our friendship, all of whom were already dating someone else, or emotionally unavailable, or not nearly astounding enough for her. New York Times, "This Is What Happens When Friends Fall in Love," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of unavailable

1855, in the meaning defined above

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to reject or criticize sharply

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