Definition of unpaid in English:

unpaid

adjective

  • 1(of a debt) not yet discharged by payment.

    ‘unpaid bills’
    • ‘These and other unpaid debts represent cash that should be sitting in the city's bank account.’
    • ‘So the fact that the medical debts were unpaid says little, because it may reflect strategic payment of debts prior to bankruptcy.’
    • ‘Nothing is ever forgotten, and very few debts are left unpaid.’
    • ‘Mr Straw said legal safeguards were in place to stop oil revenues being seized by another country for unpaid debts.’
    • ‘But the voters pronounced on those and believed the Government parties' promises which are now an unpaid debt.’
    • ‘She also admitted Mr Smith had once driven his car into the owner of the forecourt in Birkenshaw from where he ran a used car lot over an unpaid debt of £50,000.’
    • ‘Since then, Scottish Courage has continued in its efforts to keep the club in business and continued to supply the club - in spite of the unpaid debt.’
    • ‘The rules of bankruptcy allow such deals to discharge a bankrupt, no matter how large the unpaid debt.’
    • ‘As a result, the march's legacy will probably include a flood of red ink, much the way other national events have ended in unpaid debt.’
    • ‘They've been miscategorizing most identity theft all along - chalking it up to unpaid debt and writing it off.’
    • ‘Bulgarian police are working on the theory that banker Emil Kyulev was murdered because of large unpaid debts.’
    • ‘May said council officials inquired about the unpaid debt shortly after Arthur's death but did not pursue it further until now, five years later.’
    • ‘This spectacular fall left lenders and bondholders with unpaid debts of some $2 billion.’
    • ‘At the heart of the dispute is the way First National treats borrowers who have come before the court because of unpaid debts.’
    • ‘Police presently believe the murder was prompted either by unpaid debts or Khatibi's involvement with drug deals.’
    • ‘The ship may ultimately have to be sold to cover the unpaid debts, as well as the crew's wages and costs for returning them home.’
    • ‘After weeks of investigating, the programme reveals the face of the thief who stole more than £15,000 and ran up hundreds of pounds in unpaid debts.’
    • ‘Their name and address plus the details of the account show along with a red card saying that their debt is unpaid.’
    • ‘A close inspection of unpaid debts often reveals poor performance and unsolved issues.’
    • ‘With this infrastructure in place, what's to keep some group from saying that people with unpaid child support shouldn't be allowed to fly?’
    unsettled, outstanding, unresolved, unattended to, due, overdue, owing, owed, receivable, to be paid, payable, undischarged, in arrears, in the red
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  • 2(of work or a period of leave) undertaken without payment.

    ‘unpaid labour in the home’
    • ‘To the organisers of these events, it brings days and nights of unpaid work that is often taken for granted by those competing.’
    • ‘The Time Use Survey shows that young women 18-24 years do much more unpaid work than their male counterparts.’
    • ‘‘We use unpaid work in the community to intervene in the way offenders think and behave,’ said Mr Munday.’
    • ‘I always found great sport in asking these questions when I was particularly grumpy after a period of unpaid overtime.’
    • ‘Community penalties involve undertaking unpaid work amounting to seven million hours ordered each year.’
    • ‘Each year there are around 4.4 million adults undertaking some 430 million hours of unpaid work.’
    • ‘Andersen did unpaid work which helped sharpen up Labour's policies, especially in the field of taxation.’
    • ‘He was also ordered to undertake 150 hours unpaid work and to pay the £1,000 compensation to YorkBoat.’
    • ‘They generally feel that their work isn't valued, and they are doing up to $20,000 per year in unpaid work.’
    • ‘The teenager pleaded guilty and magistrates ordered him to perform 60 hours of unpaid work within 12 months.’
    • ‘This means that many migrants have to find unpaid work experience on their own.’
    • ‘An estimated 109m people, about 56% of all American adults, volunteered last year for unpaid work.’
    • ‘But he chose the unfashionable business stream, and thence with unpaid work experience on the Times business desk.’
    • ‘Magistrates ordered him to do 240 hours of unpaid work within 12 months.’
    • ‘We discussed the idea of my taking one day a week as unpaid leave for a finite period of time, or until new client work came in.’
    • ‘While the research found that most vacation work would be paid, more than 9,500 British students will opt for unpaid work experience.’
    • ‘There are 6.5 million volunteers in Canada who contribute about one billion unpaid work hours each year.’
    • ‘Also, because she is expected to have unpaid work experience with a vet in her four weeks' holiday, she has no chance to pay anything off during the course.’
    • ‘The court will be able to insist they undertake unpaid work, drug or alcohol treatment or supervision while the sentence is on-going.’
    • ‘In addition, they also doubled the period of unpaid leave from its current level to eight.’
    1. 2.1 (of a person) not receiving payment for work done.
      ‘she spent most of her time fulfilling the role of unpaid housekeeper’
      • ‘According to the last census there are 15, 141 of these unsung and unpaid heroes in Merton with around 2,000 of them young carers.’
      • ‘His official title is director of football at Exeter City, his real title is unpaid director of football.’
      • ‘Dealler points out that some of the problems of BSE only came to light because independent, unpaid scientists drew them to the attention of parliament and the media.’
      • ‘Thomas went to his grave regarding Eleanour as nothing more than a dear friend, useful as an unpaid secretary, the willing amanuensis who typed his manuscripts for him.’
      • ‘Surrey's unpaid labourer, Zaheer Khan, is announced fit for the Pakistan match on Sunday.’
      • ‘The Seoul researchers collected 242 eggs from 16 unpaid volunteers.’
      • ‘But she starts in Biblical times, where the template is laid for the future treatment of wives as obedient, unpaid servants.’
      • ‘The girls are treated like unpaid slaves or prisoners, except there is no crime and no fixed sentence.’
      • ‘Moreover, if local leaders receive a wage, they are resented by unpaid volunteers.’
      • ‘However, the massive demand for such nurses has led to a need for unpaid volunteers, mostly women on moderate incomes with children of their own.’
      • ‘Typically, these are at least as starved for funds as the province, and the job at hand inevitably has to be picked up by groups of unpaid volunteers.’
      • ‘Under the new ‘regime’ Sophie and her brother Jason are just two of the club's board of unpaid directors.’
      • ‘Carers of people with mental illness, unsung heroes or unpaid slaves?’
      • ‘The man in the yellow shirt is an unpaid volunteer from the neighborhood, a member of the local crime policing forum, set up to the aid of police.’
      • ‘When the second successor company was registered in 1997, he became a paid manager and unpaid director of that business.’
      • ‘However inept these postings were, they were unpaid volunteers expressing their unscripted enthusiasm.’
      • ‘He said carers, including tens of thousands of unpaid workers, are saving the exchequer €2 billion each year.’
      • ‘The Times ought to be ashamed for its scheme to get unpaid members of the public to contribute to its website.’
      • ‘These are the unpaid heroes of grass-roots rugby, who get no fees for turning out to referee.’
      • ‘And one of the consenting parties, in addition to being just barely an adult, was an unpaid employee of the other.’
      voluntary, volunteer, honorary, unrewarded, unremunerative, unsalaried, gratuitous, free
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Pronunciation

unpaid

/ʌnˈpeɪd/