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  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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  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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Examples from the Web for under-employment

Historical Examples

  • Then comes the final stage of degeneration—unemployment or under-employment.

    Boy Labour and Apprenticeship

    Reginald Arthur Bray

British Dictionary definitions for under-employment


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


also underemployment, 1909, from under + employment.

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