em·​ploy·​able | \im-ˈplȯi-ə-bəl \

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 \ noun

Examples of employable in a Sentence


this wall map of the bay is for decoration only—it's not employable for actual navigation

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The government has said the tuition-free boarding schools relieve parents of education and living expenses and help raise Mandarin standards, which will make their children more employable. Yanan Wang And Dake Kang, Fox News, "China distances children from families to subdue Muslim west," 20 Sep. 2018 And for many black people, having to think about whether or not they'll be seen as employable after doing something so basic as taking care of their hair, can be an unfortunate rite of passage. Allure, "Goodbye to "Good Hair": Six People Open Up to Allure About the Beauty and Diversity of Black Hair," 8 Aug. 2018 Strong tech skills are commonly seen as the key to becoming employable. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Amazon second headquarters contest jumpstarts languishing transit, education projects," 29 June 2018 The Last Mile program was first used in the San Quentin prison in California in an attempt to teach the prisoners employable skills. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "MC Hammer helps celebrate inaugural computer coding class at Indiana prison," 5 Apr. 2018 As a result, the work requirements could pare Medicaid roles of many more people than just those who are employable but not working. Philly.com, "Medicaid work requirements would put very few people to work," 28 Feb. 2018 The board nevertheless found that Guardado was medically employable, and that Roos Foods had demonstrated the availability of jobs within her capabilities. Washington Post, "Judge upholds termination of illegal worker’s disability pay," 9 Feb. 2018 The reserve army of unqualified, but employable, workers may be small. Joel Naroff, Philly.com, "How the economy could head into a recession," 1 Feb. 2018 The program, barely a year old, aims to provide employable skills to adults who are recovering from addiction, homelessness and other trauma. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Aided by Facebook, Napa’s Salvation Army culinary school offers meals amid fires," 20 Oct. 2017

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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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