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unemployable Line breaks: un|employ|able
Pronunciation: /ʌnɪmˈplɔɪəb(ə)l/

Definition of unemployable in English:


(Of a person) not able or likely to get paid employment because of a lack of skills or qualifications.
Example sentences
  • We are creating skip loads of new jobs every year but because something has gone badly wrong in the skilling department, we have an army of unemployable people walking the streets.
  • The listening test features unemployable actors or robots reading out unnatural sentences in plodding monotones, or with inflections in the wrong places.
  • Never mind that women's liberation also released men from the responsibility of marrying young and supporting unemployable wives.


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An unemployable person: an underclass of unemployables
More example sentences
  • Our education system is producing unemployables.
  • The blacklist was officially on, or, rather, unofficially on, since there was no authoritative list of unemployables.
  • The new divide is between us and the unemployables.



Pronunciation: /ʌnɪmplɔɪəˈbɪlɪti/ /ʌnɛmplɔɪəˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • Well, here the men are, and it is ludicrous to attribute their joblessness to corporate bigotry, rather than to their own unemployability.
  • These young people who do not go abroad to study, and do not have the appropriate skills and literacy or marketable job skills are caught in a wasteland of unemployability.
  • In fact, he offered no medical evidence at all to support his sweeping, general assertions of disability and unemployability.

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