unavailing [uhn-uh-vey-ling] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for unavailing on Thesaurus.com adjective

  1. ineffectual; futile.

Origin of unavailing First recorded in 1660–70; un-1 + avail + -ing2 Related formsun·a·vail·ing·ly, adverb Related Words for unavailing barren, empty, exhausted, fruitless, idle, impractical, ineffective, ineffectual, trifling, trivial, unproductive, unprofitable, unsuccessful, useless, vain, valueless, worthless Examples from the Web for unavailing Contemporary Examples of unavailing

  • My efforts to reach Robbins to hear his explanation were unavailing, alas.

    Hollywood’s Liberal Heartbreak

    Lloyd Grove

    January 3, 2010

  • Efforts to determine when the Massachusetts legislature last felt embarrassed were unavailing.

    Teddy’s Catholic Pain

    Adam Clymer

    August 26, 2009

  • Historical Examples of unavailing

  • The Germans who sought refuge in their dugouts found them unavailing.

    The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)


  • For a long time his efforts were unavailing; the task seemed hopeless.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Regrets, unavailing regrets, are the poorest companions possible.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • She put up her hands in mute protest, but the protest was unavailing.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He had made many efforts to escape, but all had been unavailing.

    Henry IV, Makers of History

    John S. C. Abbott

  • British Dictionary definitions for unavailing unavailing adjective

    1. useless or futile

    Derived Formsunavailingly, adverb Word Origin and History for unavailing adj.

    1660s, from un- (1) “not” + availing. Also see unavailable.

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