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

Examples of unavailable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web David Pogue reports on the broadband divide in our country, where for many high-speed internet is either unavailable or unaffordable. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (August 2)," 30 July 2020 Maybe the stressors of the pandemic have made certain people unavailable or difficult to communicate with regularly. Anna Borges, SELF, "10 Online Support Groups for Anyone Struggling to Get Through 2020," 30 July 2020 With the Irving Arts Center remaining closed and its usual stage unavailable, MainStage will present its production of An Act of God online. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do this month in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 30 July 2020 Facebook itself has been prohibited in China, and blocked by government firewalls, since 2009, and WhatsApp is also officially unavailable on the mainland. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "WhatsApp and Telegram won’t give Hong Kong user data to Chinese authorities in response to ‘easily abused’ security law," 6 July 2020 The tavern's opening was delayed two weeks, though, because the pandemic's strain on meatpacking made the preferred beef unavailable, Wiltgen said. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "At Third Street Tavern, launching a new concept for a different era," 4 July 2020 School facilities are unavailable to athletes during a period of no activity. From Staff Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD among districts suspending summer conditioning," 30 June 2020 Since the pandemic began, though, some of the consequences of having to rely on slower or unavailable internet have become clear. Miki Katoni And Nina Sparling, SFChronicle.com, "Distance learning for some kids at SF elementary school came with an extra challenge: No internet connection," 19 June 2020 Some areas, attractions and services will be closed or unavailable due to operational constraints caused by coronavirus: All playground areas will remain closed. John Kuntz, cleveland, "Cleveland Metroparks Zoo re-opens with social distancing, safety measures in place (photos)," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of unavailable

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unavailable was in 1855

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5 Aug 2020

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“Unavailable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unavailable. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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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