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

Definition of unavailing

: not availing : futile, useless

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Other Words from unavailing

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

Examples of unavailing in a Sentence

an unavailing effort to avert a war
Recent Examples on the Web The position advanced by the states is legally unavailing as a matter of longstanding and well-established law. WSJ, "Gov. Cuomo Sues to Protect His Millionaires," 25 July 2018 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 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unavailing

formal : not useful or successful

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