un·​paid | \ ˌən-ˈpād How to pronounce unpaid (audio) \

Definition of unpaid

1 : not paid an unpaid volunteer
2 : not paying a salary an unpaid position

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Examples of unpaid in a Sentence

I have a pile of unpaid bills sitting on my desk. The city is trying to collect unpaid taxes. She took three months of unpaid leave from her job. I served as an unpaid consultant on the project.
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Recent Examples on the Web According to a study conducted by the Guardian, hundreds of migrant workers die of heat stress every year in Qatar, and Amnesty International has reported that many of the laborers constructing World Cup venues have gone unpaid. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "The N.B.A. and China and the Myths of Sports Diplomacy," 22 Oct. 2019 Contra Costa and Alameda counties also will consider rejecting liens if IRS fees remain unpaid. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "IRS, California fee spat means some tax liens go unrecorded in state," 18 Oct. 2019 But district officials have noted a state law directs districts to stop serving meals to students if lunch-debts remain unpaid. Sheri Berkery, USA TODAY, "New Jersey school-lunch debt plan limiting access to school dances, field trips faces backlash," 16 Oct. 2019 Sixty workers remain unpaid, said the immigrant, who calculates that she is owed $6,713. BostonGlobe.com, "The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 1.2 million Americans live in coastal areas at risk of significant damage from hurricanes. The increased frequency and severity of such disasters have given rise to a new recovery-and-reconstruction workforce.," 6 Oct. 2019 Since 1993, the U.S. has mandated that employers must grant 12 weeks of unpaid family leave. NBC News, "Caregiving, or career? The choice no woman should have to make," 29 Jan. 2020 In 1990, Biden wrote the Violence Against Women Act, and worked to pass the Family and Medical Leave Act in 1993, which guaranteed 12 weeks of unpaid leave to workers. Fortune, "The 2020 candidates’ positions—and records—on economic issues that affect women," 28 Jan. 2020 Curtis is on unpaid administrative leave, a Boston Police Department spokesman said. USA TODAY, "Retiring 102-year-old, Mississippi’s bad dam, snowplow strike: News from around our 50 states," 16 Jan. 2020 Curtis is currently on unpaid administrative leave, Boston Police Sgt. Alec Snyder, CNN, "Boston Police officer sent threatening note, fake speeding ticket after road rage incident, according to court documents," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unpaid

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Feb 2020

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“Unpaid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpaid. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unpaid

: needing to be paid
: done or taken without payment
: not receiving money for work that is done


un·​paid | \ ˌən-ˈpād How to pronounce unpaid (audio) \

Kids Definition of unpaid

: not paid unpaid bills

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