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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The service was criticized by lawmakers and members of its union for hundreds of unfilled vacancies, mostly in meteorological positions, that endured throughout last year's deadly storm season — including Hurricanes Maria, Harvey and Irma. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: National Weather Service makes dozens of hires as new hurricane season begins," 4 June 2018 Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle repeatedly brought up the unfilled vacancies at the ports as a security concern. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "National Guard sent to Arizona border ports to help strained customs officers," 31 May 2018 The Education Ministry has acknowledged that 69 percent of places in Imam Hatip schools remained unfilled as late as 2016. New York Times, "Erdogan’s Plan to Raise a ‘Pious Generation’ Divides Parents in Turkey," 18 June 2018 Historic Preservation Board members are pushing for a full-time historic preservation officer, a city role that has gone unfilled since the Great Recession of 2008. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Mesa Mormon temple's redevelopment plans raise historic-preservation concerns," 2 May 2018 Last year, 200,000 to 330,000 job offers went unfilled, according to the national job agency Pole Emploi. Bloomberg.com, "3.5 Million Jobless and French Companies Still Can’t Find Staff," 12 Feb. 2018 Rotheimer said her complaints went unanswered for nearly a year, a time when the inspector general post was left unfilled. Monique Garcia, chicagotribune.com, "Madigan denies retaliating against Democratic lawmaker, asks for watchdog investigation," 22 May 2018 In Brooklyn, at least half the available committee positions are left unfilled. Danielle Tcholakian, Longreads, "Is New York the Most Corrupt State in the Nation?," 11 May 2018 But one-third of the industry’s visa requests went unfilled last year. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "A Century Later, a Train Wreck Brings a Fraternal Order Together," 12 June 2018

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1584, in the meaning defined above

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