Definition of unpaid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌənˈpād/


1(Of a debt) not yet discharged by payment: unpaid bills
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  • The rules of bankruptcy allow such deals to discharge a bankrupt, no matter how large the unpaid debt.
  • So the fact that the medical debts were unpaid says little, because it may reflect strategic payment of debts prior to bankruptcy.
  • A close inspection of unpaid debts often reveals poor performance and unsolved issues.
unsettled, outstanding, due, overdue, owing, owed, payable, undischarged, delinquent, past due
2(Of work or a period of leave) undertaken without payment: unpaid labor in the home
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  • The court will be able to insist they undertake unpaid work, drug or alcohol treatment or supervision while the sentence is on-going.
  • Community penalties involve undertaking unpaid work amounting to seven million hours ordered each year.
  • He was also ordered to undertake 150 hours unpaid work and to pay the £1,000 compensation to YorkBoat.
2.1(Of a person) not receiving payment for work done.
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  • Moreover, if local leaders receive a wage, they are resented by unpaid volunteers.
  • When the second successor company was registered in 1997, he became a paid manager and unpaid director of that business.
  • Under the new ‘regime’ Sophie and her brother Jason are just two of the club's board of unpaid directors.
voluntary, volunteer, honorary, unsalaried, unremunerative, unwaged, pro bono (publico)

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Syllabification: un·paid

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