un·​avail·​ing | \ ˌən-ə-ˈvā-liŋ How to pronounce unavailing (audio) \

Definition of unavailing

: not availing : futile, useless

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unavailingly \ ˌən-​ə-​ˈvā-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce unavailingly (audio) \ adverb
unavailingness noun

Examples of unavailing in a Sentence

an unavailing effort to avert a war
Recent Examples on the Web 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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“Unavailing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unavailing. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unavailing

formal : not useful or successful

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