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Synonyms for unemployed
ˌʌn ɛmˈplɔɪd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unemployed people, unemployed(adj)

    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. unemployed(adj)

    not engaged in a gainful occupation

    "unemployed workers marched on the capital"

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

Wiktionary

  1. unemployed(noun)

    Synonyms:
    jobless

  2. unemployed(adjective)

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

    The unemployed are a growing portion of the population.

    Synonyms:
    jobless

  3. unemployed(adjective)

    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

Editors Contribution

  1. uncommissioned

    without any designated work.

    Submitted by rinat on September 9, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. unemployed(a.)

    Synonyms:
    unoccupied, doing nothing, out of employment

  2. unemployed(a.)

    Synonyms:
    disused

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "unemployed":

    jobless, unemployment, non-employed, ployed, redundant

How to pronounce unemployed?

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#12212unemployed
#12423redundant
#27289inert
#29806sluggish
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#69037trifling
#80300indolent
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#114767slothful

How to use unemployed in a sentence?

  1. Bernie Sanders:

    Black people are dying in this country because we have a criminal justice system which is out of control, a system in which over 50% of young African-American kids are unemployed, it is estimated that a black baby born today has a one in four chance of ending up in the criminal justice system.

  2. Thomas Jefferson:

    Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on. The small landowners are the most precious part of a state.

  3. Sam Bullard:

    Most recently, continuing claims have plateaued and suggest that we could be seeing an early sign that employers are calling back employees as states begin to re-open, focus should continue to center on continuing claims, which provide a better idea of the challenges unemployed workers face and also some insight into the hit to GDP growth.

  4. William Binney:

    Americans must rise up and make all in Washington DC unemployed.

  5. Rotimi Kuti:

    Businesses are bleeding money so everybody will come to a compromise as how to help and make sure we aren't keeping people unemployed.

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