unemployed


unemployed

adjective

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

noun

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

adjective

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

adj.1600, “at leisure, not occupied,” from un- (1) “not” + past participle of employ. Meaning “temporarily out of work” is from 1660s. The noun meaning “unemployed persons collectively” is from 1782; unemployment first recorded 1888. [Say the] voices of the unemployed …No man has hired usWith pocketed handsAnd lowered facesWe stand about in open placesAnd shiver in unlit rooms …[T.S. Eliot, “Choruses from the Rock”]

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