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

Examples of unavailable in a Sentence

the commander is unavailable right now
Recent Examples on the Web The Kansas City police department was unavailable for comment. Ilana Arougheti, Kansas City Star, 4 May 2024 Charlotte store officials were unavailable to comment, but a salesperson answering the phone said the store will likely close by the end of July. Catherine Muccigrosso, Charlotte Observer, 3 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for unavailable 

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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 19 May. 2024.

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