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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:

    jobless, unemployment, non-employed, ployed, redundant

How to pronounce unemployed?

Alex
Alex
US English
Daniel
Daniel
British
Karen
Karen
Australian
Veena
Veena
Indian

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  1. unemployed

Words popularity by usage frequency

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

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