un·avail·ing | \ˌən-ə-ˈvā-liŋ \

Definition of unavailing 

: not availing : futile, useless

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unavailingly \ˌən-ə-ˈvā-liŋ-lē \ adverb
unavailingness noun

Examples of unavailing in a Sentence

an unavailing effort to avert a war

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Efforts to aid him with lifeboats, three of which were ineffectually trying to breast the heavy sea, were unavailing, while a lifeline, held by a number of rescuers, was carried far out into the surf by a number of swimmers. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 6, 1918: 13 drown at Ocean Beach," 6 May 2018 American demands for an end to the North Korean nuclear program have proved unavailing. Henry A. Kissinger, WSJ, "How to Resolve the North Korea Crisis," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of unavailing

1670, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unavailing

: not useful or successful

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