Meaning of unavailability in English:


Pronunciation /ˌʌnəˌveɪləˈbɪlɪti/


mass noun
  • 1The state of being unable to be used or obtained.

    ‘they complained about unavailability of refreshments during the long wait’
    • ‘a change in policy due to the unavailability of land’
    • ‘The roll-out will be further hampered by the product's initial unavailability on the pre-pay market.’
    • ‘The biggest challenge facing the high tech business community over the next 12 months is the unavailability of capital.’
    • ‘For many new and developing risks, insurance may not be an option, because of the extent of exposure and the unavailability of cover.’
    • ‘Storage and consequent server and application unavailability result from both unplanned and planned downtime.’
    • ‘There are more sophisticated strategies for solving unavailability issues.’
    1. 1.1The state of being otherwise occupied or not being free to do something.
      ‘the investigation was delayed due to unavailability of relevant staff’
      • ‘a fitness test on Thursday morning confirming his unavailability’
      • ‘She seemed to be very angry that we had renewed our application for an adjournment due to the doctor's unavailability.’
      • ‘For a period of about two weeks, the actor was unavailable, a few times without telling the producers about his unavailability.’
      • ‘It was cancelled owing to the lack of a full panel, again probably because of the unavailability of a medical member.’
      • ‘There are bound to be adjournments and cancelled hearings for a number of reasons: the illness of a judge or the unavailability of a necessary witness, for example.’
      • ‘The Adjudicator will be the president or, in the event of his unavailability, a person nominated by him.’