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  1. without a job.
  2. noting or pertaining to persons without jobs, especially to those who are seeking employment.
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  1. (used with a plural verb) unemployed people collectively, especially those who are seeking a job (usually preceded by the).
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Origin of jobless

First recorded in 1800–10; job1 + -less
Related formsjob·less·ness, noun
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  • Economics (income level, joblessness, opportunity) plays a critical role in the life of the young and of their progenitors.

  • It was clear that Eunice was somewhat concerned concerning Kinnison's joblessness; but Kinnison was not.


    Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for joblessness


    1. unemployed
    2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the jobless
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Derived Formsjoblessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for joblessness


1905 (adj.), 1909 (n.), from job (n.) + -less. Related: Joblessness.

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