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unemployed

[uhn-em-ploid] /ˌʌn ɛmˈplɔɪd/
adjective
1.
not employed; without a job; out of work:
an unemployed secretary.
2.
not currently in use:
unemployed productive capacity.
3.
not productively used:
unemployed capital.
noun
4.
(used with a plural verb) people who do not have jobs (usually preceded by the):
programs to help the unemployed.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; un-1 + employ + -ed2
Synonyms
1. unoccupied, idle, at liberty, jobless.
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  • The boss abruptly and without any warning cut the program and left me unemployed.
British Dictionary definitions for unemployed

unemployed

/ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪd/
adjective
1.
  1. without remunerative employment; out of work
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the unemployed
2.
not being used; idle
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Word Origin and History for unemployed
adj.

1600, "at leisure, not occupied," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of employ. Meaning "temporarily out of work" is from 1660s. The noun meaning "unemployed persons collectively" is from 1782; unemployment first recorded 1888.

[Say the] voices of the unemployed ...
No man has hired us
With pocketed hands
And lowered faces
We stand about in open places
And shiver in unlit rooms ...

[T.S. Eliot, "Choruses from the Rock"]

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