un·​em·​ploy·​able | \ ˌən-im-ˈplȯi-ə-bəl How to pronounce unemployable (audio) \

Definition of unemployable

: not acceptable for employment

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unemployability \ ˌən-​im-​ˌplȯi-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unemployable (audio) \ noun
unemployable noun

Examples of unemployable in a Sentence

His drug addiction has made him unemployable.
Recent Examples on the Web Andrea came to Wellspring Living addicted to drugs, estranged from her family, desperate and unemployable. David Wickert, ajc, "Ivanka Trump meets with sex trafficking victims in Atlanta," 14 Jan. 2020 Many workers say speaking up often means becoming unemployable. ExpressNews.com, "Fair pay a distant dream for produce packers in Rio Grande Valley," 28 Dec. 2019 But writers whose insufficient deference to power rendered them unemployable by The New York Times still had, until recently, hope of finding employment elsewhere. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "The Death of the Rude Press," 7 Nov. 2019 The population of East Kentucky is one of the unhealthiest, most addicted, prematurely aged—and otherwise unemployable—in America. The Economist, "Lessons from Bloody Harlan," 26 Sep. 2019 The Winner: Connor Anyone caught in the radius of Logan's nuclear meltdown walked away a loser, leaving Shiv and Connor, Logan’s two unemployed (or in Connor’s case, unemployable) children, as the only ones safe from its fallout. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Succession Game of Thrones Sees an Unlikely Contender Emerge," 26 Aug. 2019 Essentially unemployable due to his nasty violent tendencies, Booth acts as Dalton’s chauffeur, handyman, drinking buddy and constant companion. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Quentin Tarantino juggles glamour and gore in the compelling ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’," 23 July 2019 Some veterans have reported a loss of benefits or being labelled unemployable as a result of consuming marijuana or working in the legal marijuana industry. Naomi Martin, BostonGlobe.com, "A Revere veteran’s legal marijuana job cost him a VA loan. Now, Congress is stepping in," 16 July 2019 But here was Carol, a huge success, a Tony winner, a Hollywood legend—who had once been an unemployable mess like me. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "What Carol Channing Meant to Me," 15 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of unemployable

1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Unemployable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unemployable. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unemployable

: lacking the skills, abilities, or qualities that are necessary to get or keep a job : not employable

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