un·​em·​ploy·​able | \ˌən-im-ˈplȯi-ə-bəl \

Definition of unemployable 

: not acceptable for employment

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unemployability \ˌən-​im-​ˌplȯi-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
unemployable noun

Examples of unemployable in a Sentence

His drug addiction has made him unemployable.

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This question brings us to the case of Eric Reid who, like his former teammate Kaepernick, was a productive player who now appears unemployable. Andrew Brandt, SI.com, "It’s Clear Now: Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Signed," 17 Apr. 2018 Yes, these can get expensive—but not compared with feeding your unemployable child for the next 30 years. Alexandra Samuel, WSJ, "How You Can Raise Robot-Proof Children," 26 Apr. 2018 No one has suggested that they should be fired or rendered unemployable by the NBA for those opinions. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Hoops legend Kevin McHale slammed for apparently attending Trump rally: ‘He should never work in the NBA again’," 22 June 2018 Like many others who are chronically unemployable, Mr. Lindahl eventually went into business for himself. New York Times, "Hipster Culture and Instagram Are Responsible for a Good Thing," 29 Jan. 2018 But Detroit also has been producing unemployable residents for years. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "Riley: Duggan touts triumphs in State of the City — but fixing schools is crucial," 6 Mar. 2018 Reporters sacked under government pressure become unemployable. The Economist, "Muzzling the mediaNo one in Turkey dares report accurately on the war in Syria," 1 Mar. 2018 While numbers of workers were actively engaged in the rebuilding of the cities as well as the factories and services that powered the economy, there were as many more who were unemployed and unemployable for the time being. Nan Randall, The Atlantic, "'Charlottesville': A Government-Commissioned Story About Nuclear War," 25 Jan. 2018 Pearl was banned from any recruiting activities until August 2014, effectively rendering him unemployable. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Led by Bruce Pearl, Auburn Is Exemplary of This Strange, Scandalous College Basketball Season," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of unemployable

1887, in the meaning defined above

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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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