em·​ploy·​able | \ im-ˈplȯi-ə-bəl How to pronounce employable (audio) \

Definition of employable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: capable of being employed



Definition of employable (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who is employable

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employability \ im-​ˌplȯi-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce employable (audio) \ noun

Examples of employable in a Sentence

Adjective this wall map of the bay is for decoration only—it's not employable for actual navigation
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective One study says one of out five American men are no longer employable as a result. Oliver Staley, Quartz, 21 Sep. 2021 As recently as last summer, there was even uncertainty about whether Anthony, the aging 10-time All-Star, was employable as a professional basketball player and could accept being a part of a supporting cast. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 This is a prime opportunity to respond to both the nationwide shortage of skilled professionals in fields like K-12 education and social work and the pressing need among students to gain immediately employable credentials. Michael Horowitz, Forbes, 28 June 2021 That’s a huge number of people who will need to re-skill in order to remain relevant and employable. David James, Forbes, 27 May 2021 With studies showing that those with certain accents might be viewed as less trustworthy and less employable, some nonnative speakers are seeking accent modification instruction. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2021 The film’s director was Mr. Lumet, who hired Mr. Bernstein under his own name, thus effectively restoring him to the ranks of the employable. John Anderson, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2021 And a disturbingly large number of workers will face longer-lasting problems, and will not be so quickly employable when business demand picks up. Harry Holzer, Forbes, 5 Mar. 2021 Personal: Individuals have a responsibility to keep themselves employable. Fortune, 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of employable


1588, in the meaning defined above


1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Employable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/employable. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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