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jobless

[job-lis] /ˈdʒɒb lɪs/
adjective
1.
without a job.
2.
noting or pertaining to persons without jobs, especially to those who are seeking employment.
noun
3.
(used with a plural verb) unemployed people collectively, especially those who are seeking a job (usually preceded by the).
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; job1 + -less
Related forms
joblessness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for the-jobless

jobless

/ˈdʒɒblɪs/
adjective
1.
  1. unemployed
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the jobless
Derived Forms
joblessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for the-jobless

jobless

1905 (adj.), 1909 (n.), from job (n.) + -less. Related: Joblessness.

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