Definition of unavailable in English:

unavailable

Syllabification: un·a·vail·a·ble
Pronunciation: /ˌənəˈvāləb(ə)l
 
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adjective

1Not able to be used or obtained; not at someone’s disposal: material that is unavailable to the researcher
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  • But public transport is still unavailable to many, and often inconvenient when available.
  • Their memoirs have supplied a level of authenticity and detail unavailable to previous film-makers.
  • Any resources he must commit to shore up his position there are necessarily resources unavailable to him in swing states.
2(Of a person) not free to do something; otherwise occupied: the men were unavailable for work
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  • Reid's lawyer at London law firm Fox Williams was unavailable for comment.
  • A spokeswoman for Jonathan Cape said the author was unavailable for comment.
  • Martin was unavailable for comment last night on the detail of what he had claimed.

Derivatives

unavailability

noun
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  • The excuse given was the unavailability of a private contractor.
  • The interlinking of rivers in the country can also solve the multiple problem of drought and unavailability of water at one stroke.
  • The long white cloud of Kiwi origin has become a storm on the horizon for Vogts as he contemplates the unavailability on Saturday of Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson.

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