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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Not all will, Kaye says, but the three main U.S. credit agencies allow a grace period of 180 days before an unpaid medical bill impacts your credit report. Mattie Quinn, SELF, "8 Ways to Negotiate and Pay Off Expensive Medical Bills," 15 Feb. 2019 And, in 2017, the federal government filed a lien on Swetnick's property, citing a $40,000 unpaid tax bill from 2014, according to The Post. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Republicans stand by Kavanaugh as details on Avenatti's new client emerge," 27 Sep. 2018 But by May subcontractors were going unpaid, and in June the company abruptly went into receivership, a bankruptcy-like proceeding. Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times, "Dino Rossi has done well in real estate, but his work is also fodder for campaign opponents," 16 Oct. 2018 The Klu Klux Klan resurged, and the 13th Amendment was being regularly exercised to enact convict leasing — a practice of leasing prisoners to do cheap or unpaid labor for private or public organizations, greatly resembling racialized slavery. Kim Reynolds, Teen Vogue, "How White People Have Reacted to Black Success Over Time in the United States," 30 July 2018 After Singh received Perry’s findings, the women were then shifted to unpaid leave May 11. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orange Property Appraiser Rick Singh accusers stand firm, but review discredits allegations against him," 25 May 2018 The company claims that the famous crew chartered a flight and left a $225,353.80 tab unpaid. Page Six, "Kim, Khloé and Scott Disick sued over private jet bill," 15 May 2018 Mourinho was accused of defrauding Spanish tax authorities of 3.3 million euros ($3.7 million) in unpaid taxes. Tales Azzoni, The Seattle Times, "Mourinho accepts guilty plea for tax fraud in Spain," 5 Feb. 2019 Kering is the latest fashion company to tangle with Italian tax authorities over allegations of unpaid taxes. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "Italy Sends Gucci Owner a Nearly $1.6 Billion Tax Bill," 25 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of unpaid

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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