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, profitless, purposeless, successless, to no end, to no purpose, uneventful, unproductive, unprofitable, unserviceable, unsuccessful, useless, vain, valueless, vanus, wasted, wasteful, worthless II index disadvantageous, expendable, futile, ineffective, ineffectual, needless, nugatory, null (insignificant), otiose, powerless, unproductive

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  • 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 — un•a•vail•ing [[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

  • 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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