semi·​skilled | \ ˌse-mē-ˈskild How to pronounce semiskilled (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semiskilled

: having or requiring less training than skilled labor and more than unskilled labor

Examples of semiskilled in a Sentence

semiskilled and unskilled assembly workers
Recent Examples on the Web Because these economies have focused their production on simpler, labor-intensive processes, where their relatively low literacy rates and skill levels matter less, the impact on semiskilled and unskilled American workers was profound. Milton Ezrati, National Review, "Globalization Can Be Good for American Workers," 7 Aug. 2017

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1916, in the meaning defined above

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“Semiskilled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of semiskilled

: having or requiring some training : having or requiring less training than skilled labor and more than unskilled labor

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