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In what context would I use the word “availabilities”?

I believe it is a valid English word, in how could it be used?

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Include the question in the body, apart from the title. –  Kris Feb 24 at 6:00

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I would say it's used in scheduling. If a doctor has an open slot in her schedule, that might be called "an availability." Multiple openings would be multiple "availabilities." This is not in common usage, though, and seems to be an invented euphemism used in corporate speak or other places where one wishes to sound important by using big new words for things whose already existent words aren't snazzy enough (I editorialize here).

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availability: n the quality of being at hand when needed
Being a noun, it can certainly be pluralized. See usage examples below.

availabilities

Negligible downsizings, bankruptcies or corporate cutbacks of any kinds paired with some leasing in existing availabilities to result in a 44% drop in sublease offerings to 514,160 SF or just 12% of the county's total available space.
Office market generates strong year in 2004 by Real Estate Weekly

4 percent, upsetting five straight quarters of diminishing availabilities.
First quarter shows mixed results for Westchester/Fairfield markets by Real Estate Weekly

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