Definition of "unemployed" []

  • Out of work, especially involuntarily; jobless. (adjective)
  • Not being used; idle. (adjective)
  • People who are involuntarily out of work considered as a group. Used with the. (noun)
  • Without remunerative employment; out of work (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as collective noun; preceded by the) (adjective)
  • Not being used; idle (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "unemployed" in a sentence
  • "He thinks the best way to help the long-term unemployed is to allow private citizens to invest in local companies that can create more jobs."
  • "Building on the current public system for the short term unemployed, a fully scaled, market-driven long term unemployment system would, at minimal cost to taxpayers, provide workers with a new tool to prepare for episodes of prolonged joblessness."
  • "My proposal of personal responsibility for the unemployed is absolutely Republican-compatible, and it once was compatible with Democratic thinking."