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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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"). Dec 26, 2013 at 13:51
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    @syneticon-dj More literal would be nicht anwendbar, but this is misleading in cases of data just missing.
    – Toscho
    Dec 28, 2013 at 16:43
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    +1 𝑓𝑜𝑟 N/A also being used in German.
    – dakab
    Mar 24, 2017 at 7:00

We used to simply type ./. into the relevant column, and that was generally understood as n/a

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    Who is "we", and in which context did this happen?
    – Matthias
    Oct 19, 2016 at 22:06
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    Nur die Frage, wie man es abkürzen kann, ist damit beantwortet, nicht wie man es sagt. Oct 20, 2016 at 2:50
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    Well, 'we' is we in the office. And the full phrase woud be 'Nicht zutreffend' but you can't abbreviate that, hence the ./.
    – Willik
    Oct 22, 2016 at 9:53

Duden-Oxford – Großwörterbuch Englisch, 3rd edition (2005) gives two translations for the abbreviation n/a.

1) For the meaning “not available”: n. bek.

2) For the meaning “not applicable”: entf.

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    "nicht bekannt", "entfällt"
    – äüö
    Nov 3, 2016 at 15:06

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