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How would one say n/a (not applicable) in German? The only guesses I can come up with are fehlendor nicht verfügbar, but they don't have the exact meaning of n/a. Also, how would you abbreviate the equivalent of n/a in German?

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

There are several possiblities:

If you want to express, that data is missing, you should use

nicht verfügbar (n.v.)

If you want to express, that a data point can't be / isn't defined, you should use

nicht definiert (n.d.)

But in general, n/a is also used in German.

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it should be added that "not applicable" would have a literal translation of "nicht zutreffend", which again is sometimes used as a synonym for "falsch" (as in "incorrect"). – syneticon-dj Dec 26 '13 at 13:51
@syneticon-dj More literal would be nicht anwendbar, but this is misleading in cases of data just missing. – Toscho Dec 28 '13 at 16:43

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