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

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The bill stalled out after opposition from politicians whose constituencies include agriculture and tourism companies, which rely heavily on unskilled immigrants. Alana Semuels, Time, "Tech Companies Say it's Too Hard to Hire High-Skilled Immigrants in the U.S. — So They're Growing in Canada Instead," 25 July 2019 Advocates of unskilled immigration argue that there are many jobs that Americans simply will not do. Steven A. Camarota, National Review, "Unskilled Immigration Lowers Labor-Force Participation," 25 July 2019 Older workers were thought to be especially vulnerable because they were engaged in repetitive, unskilled manufacturing, the kind that was easiest to automate. The Economist, "A different dystopia: July 2030," 6 July 2019 The damage goes unseen: thousands of young or unskilled workers who have a harder time finding that first job. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Seattle’s Fake Free Lunch," 31 Oct. 2018 Many of these unskilled orangutans have extremely traumatic pasts or were rescued too late in life to be taught in forest school. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "School for Orphaned Baby Orangutans Helps the Young Primates Grow Up and Graduate to the Wild," 1 Aug. 2019 Even the most unskilled labor possesses dignity because of the human being who performs it. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "A UBI Would Undermine Work," 25 July 2019 But the nonprofit behind Project Moon has pledged to make hiring unskilled and disadvantaged workers a priority and to locate its new manufacturing plant outside the metro Denver area. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Colorado commission addresses affordable housing by extending incentives to manufacturer of modular homes," 17 July 2019 Local officials directing benefits such as job training steered black applicants to unskilled and white applicants to skilled and semi-skilled jobs while denying home and business loans to black applicants. Calvin Schermerhorn, Twin Cities, "Calvin Schermerhorn: Why the racial wealth gap persists more than 150 years after emancipation," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of unskilled

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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