unemployed

[ uhn-em-ploid ]
/ ˌʌn ɛmˈplɔɪd /

adjective

not employed; without a job; out of work: an unemployed secretary.
not currently in use: unemployed productive capacity.
not productively used: unemployed capital.

noun

(used with a plural verb) people who do not have jobs (usually preceded by the): programs to help the unemployed.

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Origin of unemployed

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-1 + employ + -ed2
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British Dictionary definitions for unemployed

unemployed
/ (ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪd) /

adjective

  1. without remunerative employment; out of work
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the unemployed
not being used; idle
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