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 Ellison privately decided that Lasseter was not only employable, but a potentially transformative leader for his new animation company. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 July 2022 Some actors have a relatively brief run of success, but Mr. Warner remained employable for an extraordinarily long time. New York Times, 25 July 2022 Yet, the current crop of employable professionals has subtly grown into their collective voice, expressing wants and needs to thrive and align with corporate missions. Rod Berger, Forbes, 1 July 2022 In fact, 74% of workers are willing to learn new skills to remain employable, and 76% find companies that offer additional training for staff more appealing. Nancy Xiao, Forbes, 26 May 2022 The days of long tenures at businesses and thinking that the skill sets someone gained with a college degree are enough to keep them employable is changing rapidly. Jaime Taets, Forbes, 2 May 2022 These statistics are not driven by a lack of employable skills. Vicki Salemi, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 Instead, colleges feed the narrative that a degree is required to be employable—which is currently true in much of the business world. WSJ, 26 Oct. 2021 One study says one of out five American men are no longer employable as a result. Oliver Staley, Quartz, 21 Sep. 2021 See More

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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 11 Aug. 2022.

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