un·​skilled | \ ˌən-ˈskild How to pronounce unskilled (audio) \

Definition of unskilled

1 : not skilled in a branch of work : lacking technical training an unskilled worker
2 : not requiring skill unskilled jobs
3 : marked by lack of skill produced unskilled poems

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Examples of unskilled in a Sentence

an unskilled handling of the facial features in the portrait explains why it is attributed to “school of Velázquez” and not to the master himself hired unskilled workers because they would work for lower wages
Recent Examples on the Web The flogged were most often farm hands or unskilled laborers, were often whipped multiple times and were also not less likely to commit another crime — undercutting the idea that the post was a deterrent, Caldwell argued. Xerxes Wilson, USA TODAY, "Delaware, the last to abolish state whippings, to remove public whipping post Wednesday," 30 June 2020 Others see the problem as rooted in a social and economic environment that does not support the role of men in families, pointing to the decline in living-wages for unskilled workers and a bloated, broken criminal justice system. Paul Florsheim And David Moore, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: It's time to help men become fathers by giving them the prenatal care they need," 18 June 2020 The finding suggests that investments in green infrastructure could benefit unskilled workers, contrary to research arguing that environmental regulation could reduce manual labor employment, the researchers said. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "As Democrats push green stimulus, new research casts doubt on potential to boost jobs quickly," 8 June 2020 Sometimes they are assigned to unskilled jobs — like the kitchen work L. was doing — that is expressly prohibited by the State Department. Bernice Yeung, ProPublica, "She Paid Thousands for a Visa to Work in the U.S. Then She Got Laid Off. Now, She’s Trapped.," 4 June 2020 League of Legends famously has a reputation for being unfriendly to women, minorities, and new or unskilled players. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Games Aren't Doing Enough to Combat Toxicity at Launch," 4 June 2020 Economists cite multiple reasons: lower demand and wages for unskilled uneducated workers, retiring baby boomers, and an opioid crisis that disproportionately affects men. Katia Dmitrieva, Bloomberg.com, "Women Now Make Up the Majority of the U.S. Labor Force," 5 May 2020 Finally, the company had therapists report time spent providing unskilled services as skilled therapy, prosecutors say. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Bedford Heights-based nursing home company agrees to pay $10 million to resolve Justice Department claims of false billing," 14 Apr. 2020 The result of this large-scale deprivation is a vast pool of desperate, cheap and unskilled workers preyed on by the unregulated informal sector. Debasish Roy Chowdhury, Time, "A Major Outbreak of Coronavirus Will Test India's Healthcare, Governance and Social Cohesion to the Limit," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of unskilled

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unskilled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unskilled. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unskilled

: not having special skills : without training or education
: not requiring special skills or training


un·​skilled | \ ˌən-ˈskild How to pronounce unskilled (audio) \

Kids Definition of unskilled

1 : not having skill unskilled workers
2 : not needing skill unskilled jobs

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