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underemployed

[uhn-der-em-ploid]
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adjective
  1. employed at a job that does not fully use one's skills or abilities.
  2. employed only part-time when one is available for full-time work.
  3. not utilized fully.
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noun
  1. underemployed workers collectively.
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Origin of underemployed

First recorded in 1905–10; under- + employ + -ed2
Related formsun·der·em·ploy·ment, noun
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  • We talk a great deal about the unemployed, but the evil of the under-employed is the tap-root of unemployment.

    Liberalism and the Social Problem

    Winston Spencer Churchill


British Dictionary definitions for under-employed

underemployed

adjective
  1. not fully or adequately employed
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Derived Formsunderemployment, noun
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Word Origin and History for under-employed

adj.

1908, "not used to optimum capacity," originally in reference to working persons, from under + past participle of employ.

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