unavailableness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

unavailable +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

unavailableness (uncountable)

  1. The quality of being unavailable.
    • 1969, Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, New York: Bantam, 1971, Chapter 35, p. 239,[1]
      I believe most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise. They shield themselves with an aura of unavailableness (for which after a time they begin to take credit) largely as a defense tactic.