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 unemployability (audio) \ noun
unemployable noun

Examples of unemployable in a Sentence

His drug addiction has made him unemployable.

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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 This is what failure looks like, unemployable yahoos who join a mob and demand people with jobs just give up. Fox News, "The unhinged left," 8 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of unemployable

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unemployable was in 1887

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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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