un·​filled | \ ˌən-ˈfild \

Definition of unfilled

: not filled an unfilled bottle unfilled spaces a vacancy left unfilled an unfilled order

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But leaving three commission seats unfilled sends a breathtakingly horrible message to Missourians and the nation at a time when many people already consider the state ground zero for corruption and unethical behavior. The Kansas City Star Editorial Board, kansascity, "Why is Gov. Eric Greitens leaving the Missouri Ethics Commission to languish?," 14 Mar. 2018 This time around, labor shortages are more broadly distributed across industries, the NFIB said, adding that the percentage of small-business owners with one or more unfilled job openings is at a 45-year record level. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Small-Business Confidence Stays at Near-Record High," 13 Nov. 2018 The number of unfilled job openings hit a new record of more than 6.8 million in April — the most in the more than 17 years the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been tracking them. Brooks Jackson, Philly.com, "Trump's Numbers (Second Quarterly Update) | FactCheck," 11 July 2018 In regards to the veterans and military committee, Mayor Ron Morrison chose to consider the unfilled seats at a future meeting. David Hernandez, sandiegouniontribune.com, "National City military advisory board has not met since it was created last year," 27 June 2018 The documents show that for the mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, among the largest, China has proposed scrapping more than one dozen jobs, including unfilled postings, for human rights and gender affairs. New York Times, "China and Russia Move to Cut Human Rights Jobs in U.N. Peacekeeping," 27 June 2018 Many at State were feeling overlooked by the Trump administration, in part because of unfilled positions. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "Mike Pompeo’s Unexpected Diplomatic Crisis: He Took #Swagger Without Asking," 26 Aug. 2018 The number of unfilled jobs in the U.S. grew by 1.02 million at the end of October from a year earlier, the Labor Department said Monday. WSJ, "Unfilled Jobs Grow in Low-Skilled Fields," 10 Dec. 2018 And the number of unfilled jobs exceeded the number of unemployed Americans seeking work by more than one million in September. Eric Morath, WSJ, "U.S. Jobless Claims Edged Lower Last Week," 8 Nov. 2018

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1584, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unfilled

: available because no one has been chosen to take it
: requested but not yet prepared or given

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