[ uhn-em-ploi-uh-buhl ]

  1. unsuitable for employment; unable to find or keep a job.

  1. an unemployable individual.

Origin of unemployable

First recorded in 1885–90; un-1 + employable

Other words from unemployable

  • un·em·ploy·a·bil·i·ty, noun

Words Nearby unemployable

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How to use unemployable in a sentence

  • Small wonder that some of them descend to a lower grade and in addition to being unemployed, become unemployable.

    London's Underworld | Thomas Holmes
  • Many drift with other groups of human wastage to the unemployed, thence to the unemployable, and so to the gutter and the grave.

  • The oligarch can be unemployable, because he will not be employed.

    Eugenics and Other Evils | G. K. Chesterton
  • He thus passes from the unemployed state to the unemployable state.

  • Every one suffers, every one has to pay for the maintenance of the unemployable.

    'I Believe' and other essays | Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

British Dictionary definitions for unemployable


/ (ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪəbəl) /

  1. unable or unfit to keep a job

Derived forms of unemployable

  • unemployability, noun

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