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 employability (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 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 More than 46% of the students were found to be employable or ready to take up jobs as against 33% in 2014. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "MBA grads are more employable than engineers in India," 10 Dec. 2019 Instead, focus on making yourself the most employable job-seeker possible. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "Facing racial discrimination in the workplace? Ask HR," 27 Nov. 2019 Since the earliest days of filmmaking, many professionals in the industry have been subjected to abuse and harassment but have chosen to suffer in silence because of their desire to continue being employable. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "SAG-AFTRA Is Working Hard To Make Hollywood Safer For Its Stars," 29 Jan. 2020 Maasbach's mother learned her first employable skills at one of the centers. Monica Haider, CNN, "Fire devastates New York museum of Chinese American life," 25 Jan. 2020 China has denied committing abuses in the centers and has described them as schools aimed at providing employable skills and combating extremism. Washington Post, "US security adviser says world silent on China camps," 23 Nov. 2019 Studies show that the good-looking are considered more likeable, more intelligent and more employable than the rest of us. The Economist, "Airbnb users pay more to stay with attractive hosts," 30 Dec. 2019 And with two years remaining before the game’s collective bargaining agreement expires and either inspires wholesale changes or a work stoppage, there once again will be dozens of employable veterans still seeking jobs as spring training begins. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Five burning questions for MLB's Winter Meetings," 5 Dec. 2019

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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 5 Jun. 2020.

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