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Synonyms for unemployed
ˌʌn ɛmˈplɔɪdun·em·ployed

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Wiktionary

  1. unemployednoun

    Synonyms:
    jobless

  2. unemployedadjective

    Having no profession (despite being able and willing to work).

    The unemployed are a growing portion of the population.

    Synonyms:
    jobless

  3. unemployedadjective

    Synonyms:
    out of work, out-of-work, jobless

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. unemployed

    Idle in all uses rests upon its root meaning, as derived from the Anglo-Saxon idel, which signifies vain, empty, useless. Idle thus denotes not primarily the absence of action, but vain action — the absence of useful, effective action; the idle schoolboy may be very actively whittling his desk or tormenting his neighbors. Doing nothing whatever is the secondary meaning of idle. One may be temporarily idle of necessity; if he is habitually idle, it is his own fault. Lazy signifies indisposed to exertion, averse to labor; idleness is in fact; laziness is in disposition or inclination. A lazy person may chance to be employed in useful work, but he acts without energy or impetus. We speak figuratively of a lazy stream. The inert person seems like dead matter (characterized by inertia), powerless to move; the sluggish moves heavily and toilsomely; the most active person may sometimes find the bodily or mental powers sluggish. Slothful belongs in the moral realm, denoting a self-indulgent aversion to exertion. "The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth," Prov. xxvi, 15. Indolent is a milder term for the same quality; the slothful man hates action; the indolent man loves inaction. Compare VAIN.

    Synonyms:
    idle, inactive, indolent, inert, lazy, slothful, sluggish, trifling, unoccupied, vacant

    Antonyms:
    active, busy, diligent, employed, industrious, occupied, working

Princeton's WordNet

  1. unemployed people, unemployedadjective

    people who are involuntarily out of work (considered as a group)

    "the long-term unemployed need assistance"

    Synonyms:
    unemployed people

    Antonyms:
    employed, working(a), engaged, hired, on the job(p)

  2. unemployedadjective

    not engaged in a gainful occupation

    "unemployed workers marched on the capital"

    Antonyms:
    on the job(p), hired, employed, engaged, working(a)

Editors Contribution

  1. uncommissioned

    without any designated work.

    Submitted by rinat on September 9, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. unemployedadjective

    Synonyms:
    unoccupied, doing nothing, out of employment

  2. unemployedadjective

    Synonyms:
    disused

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "unemployed":

    jobless, unemployment, non-employed, ployed, redundant

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#6530unemployment
#9013idle
#9125lazy
#10506inactive
#10675vacant
#12212unemployed
#12423redundant
#27289inert
#29806sluggish
#37511jobless
#43939unoccupied
#69037trifling
#80300indolent
#108855ployed
#114767slothful

How to use unemployed in a sentence?

  1. Matt Damon:

    I think we'll write a lot more in the future just because it didn't turn out to be as time-consuming as we thought, back in the day, we didn't have deadlines because nobody cared what we were doing, no one was waiting for the script, we were unemployed, so we literally had nothing else to do. And now we can build the time, it's a little more structured, right ? Like, alright, let's write from 10 to 2, you know, because we can drop the kids off and then we can pick the kids up. We actually have lives now which is nice, finally.

  2. Anna Titareva:

    It appears that some people who lost their jobs after the introduction of mobility restrictions were not counted as unemployed.

  3. Tim Gray:

    The message of the movie is even though you are unemployed and you haven't gotten all the success you deserve, you are still an amazing, terrific person, i think everybody in the Academy can relate to that because that's the state of normalcy for the film industry, that you spend a lot of time unemployed.

  4. Unknown:

    Vote for Nobody. Nobody will keep election promises . Nobody will listen to your concerns. Nobody will help the poor & unemployed. Nobody cares! Nobody Tells the Truth.

  5. Amama Mbabazi:

    What security do our youth, 83 percent of them that are unemployed ... what security do they feel?


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