What does unemployed mean?

Definitions for unemployed
ˌʌn ɛmˈplɔɪdun·em·ployed

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unemployed people, unemployedadjective

    people who are involuntarily out of work (considered as a group)

    "the long-term unemployed need assistance"

  2. unemployedadjective

    not engaged in a gainful occupation

    "unemployed workers marched on the capital"


  1. unemployednoun

    Unemployed people.

    The unemployed are a growing portion of the population.

  2. unemployedadjective

    Having no profession (despite being able and willing to work).

  3. unemployedadjective

    Having no use, not doing work

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unemployedadjective

    Other creatures, all day long
    Rove idle, unemploy’d, and less need rest. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Wilt thou then serve Philistines with that gift,
    Which was expresly given thee to annoy them?
    Better at home lie bedrid, not only idle,
    Inglorious, unemploy’d, with age out-worn. John Milton.

    Our wise creator has annexed to several objects, and to the ideas we receive of them, as also, to several of our thoughts, a concomitant pleasure, that those faculties which we are endowed with, might not remain idle and unemployed. John Locke.

    Pales unhonour’d, Ceres unemploy’d,
    Were all forgot. Dryden.

    Men, soured with poverty, and unemploy’d, easily give into any prospect of change. Addison.


  1. unemployed

    Unemployed refers to individuals who are of working age and capable of working, but are currently not engaged in any form of paid employment, even though they are actively seeking work. It also includes those who have been temporarily laid off with no definite date of returning back to work. This term is commonly used in labor force studies and is a key metric in economic analyses.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unemployedadjective

    not employed in manual or other labor; having no regular work

  2. Unemployedadjective

    not invested or used; as, unemployed capital

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unemployed

    un-em-ploid′, adj. out of work: not put to use or profit.—n. Unemploy′ment.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unemployed' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3690

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unemployed' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2247

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unemployed' in Adjectives Frequency: #472

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unemployed in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unemployed in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of unemployed in a Sentence

  1. Morag Henderson:

    Having a zero-hours contract and being unemployed were associated with poorer self-assessed general health, even after taking into account individual and behavioral characteristics, this may be explained by the financial stress or the stress associated with having a low-status job and variable hours causing uncertainty which results in anxiety and depression.

  2. Finance Minister Ueli Maurer:

    We are not distributing federal money, but taxpayers' money, many of those who pay taxes are now partially unemployed, their jobs are in question, and now we take the money away from them and distribute it somewhere where there are also problems.

  3. Marlene Kim:

    I'm going to predict that this is going to happen again, i think it was part discrimination but also part other people dropped out of the labor market, they didn't even look for jobs. But Asians kept looking for jobs and being counted [as unemployed.].

  4. Robin Clark:

    There are a lot of psychosocial support just around daily living that really good effective centers try to offer to help people re-enter normal life after they have been unemployed, many people have been in prison.

  5. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Keeping SBI Securities as brokerage firm but have almost stopped investing in share market after realizing that brokerage firm cheats traders and all brokers are equally corrupt and crook who take small brokerage from traders and big commission from companies for helping organizations to loot money of investors and traders. Since am unemployed so seeing stock market operation for time pass purpose only and updating own observation to protect people

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