em·​ploy·​able | \ im-ˈplȯi-ə-bəl How to pronounce employable (audio) \

Definition of employable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: capable of being employed



Definition of employable (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who is employable

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employability \ im-​ˌplȯi-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce employable (audio) \ noun

Examples of employable in a Sentence

Adjective this wall map of the bay is for decoration only—it's not employable for actual navigation
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective With studies showing that those with certain accents might be viewed as less trustworthy and less employable, some nonnative speakers are seeking accent modification instruction. Washington Post, "Some people think they have to lose their accent to get ahead. Is that fair?," 24 Mar. 2021 The film’s director was Mr. Lumet, who hired Mr. Bernstein under his own name, thus effectively restoring him to the ranks of the employable. John Anderson, New York Times, "Walter Bernstein, Celebrated Screenwriter, Is Dead at 101," 23 Jan. 2021 And a disturbingly large number of workers will face longer-lasting problems, and will not be so quickly employable when business demand picks up. Harry Holzer, Forbes, "Job Market In February: Stronger Than Expected," 5 Mar. 2021 Personal: Individuals have a responsibility to keep themselves employable. Fortune, "AARP CEO: COVID is ‘shining a spotlight’ on the inequities facing older Americans," 24 Feb. 2021 Engineers tend to be highly employable, usually with decent salaries and positive potential for growth. The Washington Post, "Color of Money: 'Saving takes work but the peace of mind could not be more worth it'," 27 Aug. 2020 As recently as last summer, there was even uncertainty about whether Anthony, the aging 10-time All-Star, was employable as a professional basketball player and could accept being a part of a supporting cast. New York Times, "Carmelo Anthony Calls Push for Social Justice a ‘Lifelong Fight’," 11 Aug. 2020 What should be the key focus areas for academia to promote employable talent? Quartz Staff, Quartz India, "At Indian startups, HR teams will take centre stage in a post-Covid-19 world," 4 June 2020 These characteristics make a person not only employable, but a great neighbor, spouse, friend and parent. Kristi Valentini, Good Housekeeping, "6 Teachers on the Importance of Learning Social and Emotional Skills at School," 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of employable


1588, in the meaning defined above


1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Employable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/employable. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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