Definition of unpaid in US English:

unpaid

adjective

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

    ‘unpaid bills’
    • ‘But the voters pronounced on those and believed the Government parties' promises which are now an unpaid debt.’
    • ‘They've been miscategorizing most identity theft all along - chalking it up to unpaid debt and writing it off.’
    • ‘Mr Straw said legal safeguards were in place to stop oil revenues being seized by another country for unpaid debts.’
    • ‘This spectacular fall left lenders and bondholders with unpaid debts of some $2 billion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bulgarian police are working on the theory that banker Emil Kyulev was murdered because of large unpaid debts.’
    • ‘Nothing is ever forgotten, and very few debts are left unpaid.’
    • ‘These and other unpaid debts represent cash that should be sitting in the city's bank account.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A close inspection of unpaid debts often reveals poor performance and unsolved issues.’
    • ‘Their name and address plus the details of the account show along with a red card saying that their debt is unpaid.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The rules of bankruptcy allow such deals to discharge a bankrupt, no matter how large the unpaid debt.’
    • ‘So the fact that the medical debts were unpaid says little, because it may reflect strategic payment of debts prior to bankruptcy.’
    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 labor in the home’
    • ‘In addition, they also doubled the period of unpaid leave from its current level to eight.’
    • ‘But he chose the unfashionable business stream, and thence with unpaid work experience on the Times business desk.’
    • ‘They generally feel that their work isn't valued, and they are doing up to $20,000 per year in unpaid work.’
    • ‘Each year there are around 4.4 million adults undertaking some 430 million hours of unpaid work.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Andersen did unpaid work which helped sharpen up Labour's policies, especially in the field of taxation.’
    • ‘This means that many migrants have to find unpaid work experience on their own.’
    • ‘There are 6.5 million volunteers in Canada who contribute about one billion unpaid work hours each year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To the organisers of these events, it brings days and nights of unpaid work that is often taken for granted by those competing.’
    • ‘Community penalties involve undertaking unpaid work amounting to seven million hours ordered each year.’
    • ‘An estimated 109m people, about 56% of all American adults, volunteered last year for unpaid work.’
    • ‘He was also ordered to undertake 150 hours unpaid work and to pay the £1,000 compensation to YorkBoat.’
    • ‘I always found great sport in asking these questions when I was particularly grumpy after a period of unpaid overtime.’
    • ‘The teenager pleaded guilty and magistrates ordered him to perform 60 hours of unpaid work within 12 months.’
    • ‘The court will be able to insist they undertake unpaid work, drug or alcohol treatment or supervision while the sentence is on-going.’
    • ‘While the research found that most vacation work would be paid, more than 9,500 British students will opt for unpaid work experience.’
    • ‘Magistrates ordered him to do 240 hours of unpaid work within 12 months.’
    1. 2.1 (of a person) not receiving payment for work done.
      • ‘These are the unpaid heroes of grass-roots rugby, who get no fees for turning out to referee.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And one of the consenting parties, in addition to being just barely an adult, was an unpaid employee of the other.’
      • ‘The girls are treated like unpaid slaves or prisoners, except there is no crime and no fixed sentence.’
      • ‘The Times ought to be ashamed for its scheme to get unpaid members of the public to contribute to its website.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Seoul researchers collected 242 eggs from 16 unpaid volunteers.’
      • ‘His official title is director of football at Exeter City, his real title is unpaid director of football.’
      • ‘Surrey's unpaid labourer, Zaheer Khan, is announced fit for the Pakistan match on Sunday.’
      • ‘Moreover, if local leaders receive a wage, they are resented by unpaid volunteers.’
      • ‘Under the new ‘regime’ Sophie and her brother Jason are just two of the club's board of unpaid directors.’
      • ‘But she starts in Biblical times, where the template is laid for the future treatment of wives as obedient, unpaid servants.’
      • ‘Carers of people with mental illness, unsung heroes or unpaid slaves?’
      • ‘He said carers, including tens of thousands of unpaid workers, are saving the exchequer €2 billion each year.’
      • ‘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.’
      voluntary, volunteer, honorary, unrewarded, unremunerative, unsalaried, gratuitous, free
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Pronunciation

unpaid

/ˌənˈpeɪd//ˌənˈpād/