Unemployed Un`em*ployed", a. 1. Not employed in manual or other labor; having no regular work. [1913 Webster]

2. Not invested or used; as, unemployed capital. [1913 Webster]

3. (Economics) actively seeking employment but unable to find a suitable job. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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