[[t]ˌʌn əˈveɪ lɪŋ[/t]] adj.
ineffectual; futile:
unavailing efforts[/ex]
Etymology: 1660–70 un`a•vail′ing•ly, adv.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • unavailing — I adjective abortive, barren, bootless, empty, fruitless, futile, futUis, idle, impotent, inadequate, incompetent, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, inefficient, inoperative, inritus, inutile, invalid, nugatory, of no avail, pointless,… …   Law dictionary

  • unavailing — (adj.) 1660s, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + AVAILING (Cf. availing). Also see UNAVAILABLE (Cf. unavailable) …   Etymology dictionary

  • unavailing — [adj] futile barren, empty, exhausted, fruitless, idle, impractical, ineffective, ineffectual, in vain, on a treadmill*, save one’s breath*, to no avail*, to no effect*, to no purpose*, trifling, trivial, unproductive, unprofitable, unsuccessful …   New thesaurus

  • unavailing — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ achieving little or nothing. DERIVATIVES unavailingly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • unavailing — [un΄ə vāl′iŋ] adj. not availing; futile; ineffectual unavailingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • unavailing — [[t]ʌ̱nəve͟ɪlɪŋ[/t]] ADJ An unavailing attempt to do something does not succeed. Efforts to reach the people named in the report proved unavailing... He died after a brave but unavailing fight against a terminal illness. Syn: unsuccessful …   English dictionary

  • unavailing — un|a|vail|ing [ˌʌnəˈveılıŋ] adj literary not successful or effective ▪ unavailing efforts to make her happy …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • unavailing — adjective literary not successful or effective: unavailing efforts …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • unavailing — adjective Date: 1670 not availing ; futile, useless • unavailingly adverb • unavailingness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • unavailing — unavailingly, adv. /un euh vay ling/, adj. ineffectual; futile. [1660 70; UN 1 + AVAIL + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

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