unpaid

adjective
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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And those discrepancies don’t even touch the 270 minutes the average U.S. woman spends on domestic, entirely unpaid work. Emma Goldberg, Glamour, "A Penny for Her Thoughts? Women in the Gig Economy Struggle to Get Paid," 16 Apr. 2019 According to a recent study in the U.K., women take on an average of 60 percent more hours of unpaid domestic work than men do. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry Should Take an Extended Paternity Leave," 5 Apr. 2019 All of the cooking and laundry sorting and mental-load carrying that typically goes unpaid suddenly has quantifiable value. Lauren Smith Brody, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Invisible Nannies of Instagram," 17 Apr. 2019 Ten months ago, the 24-year-old x-ray technician cobbled together sick days and vacation days, plus three weeks of unpaid leave, to recover from childbirth and take care of her baby. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "The Cost of Child Care Is Crushing American Families. What Will the Presidential Candidates Do About It?," 15 Apr. 2019 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

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First Known Use of unpaid

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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unpaid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unpaid

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

unpaid

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

Kids Definition of unpaid

: not paid unpaid bills

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