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em·​ploy·​able im-ˈplȯi-ə-bəl How to pronounce employable (audio)
: capable of being employed
employability noun


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: one who is employable

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
The goal of the program is to make students more employable. Caleb Scott, The Arizona Republic, 11 Jan. 2024 Fluency with code would round out my children’s literacy—and keep them employable. James Somers, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 His development into a functional, joyful and — yes — employable adult is largely the result of a doting family with the resources to access the best treatment and the contacts to provide rare opportunities. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2023 For the most part, the people losing their jobs are educated and highly employable professionals. Jeff Volkheimer, Fortune, 31 Jan. 2023 Bronny James isn’t going to USC this fall to become more employable and lift his family out of poverty. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2023 The male candidate was perceived as more competent and more employable. Richard J. Crisp, Scientific American, 1 May 2015 Because most of those who are incarcerated are eventually released, Aventiv CEO Dave Abel said, communities benefit when people leaving jail are employable. Arcelia Martin, Dallas News, 18 May 2023 Lynne Patton, who served as Region II administrator for the Housing and Urban Development Department starting in 2017, will not be employable by the federal government for the next four years and will have to pay a $1,000 fine, Office of Special Counsel announced on Tuesday. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, 6 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History



employ entry 1 + -able


derivative of employable entry 1

First Known Use


1588, in the meaning defined above


1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of employable was in 1588

Dictionary Entries Near employable

Cite this Entry

“Employable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/employable. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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