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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Federal Election Commission has now referred five unpaid fines by Jan. 6 organizer Amy Kremer to the Treasury Department for collection, Rannt Media reported on Wednesday. Zach Everson, Forbes, 14 May 2022 In this country, where federal law did not require employers to give workers unpaid breaks to pump until 2010, lactation advocates and other stakeholders have been pushing for more government support for breastfeeding. Sushma Subramanian, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Local governments can try to collect debt from unpaid student tickets through private collection agencies or the state collections program. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, 13 May 2022 Managers don’t have the right to unionize for the purpose of collective bargaining, nor do unpaid interns. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, 11 May 2022 Hartford — Metropolitan District customers with overdue and unpaid balances on their water bills are urged to apply for financial relief through the Connecticut Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program, according to the agency. Hartford Courant, 11 May 2022 Glen Jones, Henderson State's former president, resigned in July 2019 with the school struggling financially in part because of unpaid student account balances. Jaime Adame, Arkansas Online, 6 May 2022 Partial payments are accepted year-round, but the unpaid balance must be paid by June 30. cleveland, 6 May 2022 Now staffers will get up to five unpaid but excused sick days. Harold Maass, The Week, 3 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unpaid

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 May 2022

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“Unpaid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpaid. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of unpaid

: not paid unpaid bills

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