Definition of unpaid in English:

unpaid

adjective

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

    ‘unpaid bills’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘They've been miscategorizing most identity theft all along - chalking it up to unpaid debt and writing it off.’
    • ‘So the fact that the medical debts were unpaid says little, because it may reflect strategic payment of debts prior to bankruptcy.’
    • ‘But the voters pronounced on those and believed the Government parties' promises which are now an unpaid debt.’
    • ‘A close inspection of unpaid debts often reveals poor performance and unsolved issues.’
    • ‘Mr Straw said legal safeguards were in place to stop oil revenues being seized by another country for unpaid debts.’
    • ‘Their name and address plus the details of the account show along with a red card saying that their debt is unpaid.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These and other unpaid debts represent cash that should be sitting in the city's bank account.’
    • ‘Nothing is ever forgotten, and very few debts are left unpaid.’
    • ‘At the heart of the dispute is the way First National treats borrowers who have come before the court because of unpaid debts.’
    • ‘The rules of bankruptcy allow such deals to discharge a bankrupt, no matter how large the unpaid debt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘An estimated 109m people, about 56% of all American adults, volunteered last year for 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.’
    • ‘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 Time Use Survey shows that young women 18-24 years do much more unpaid work than their male counterparts.’
    • ‘In addition, they also doubled the period of unpaid leave from its current level to eight.’
    • ‘While the research found that most vacation work would be paid, more than 9,500 British students will opt for unpaid work experience.’
    • ‘‘We use unpaid work in the community to intervene in the way offenders think and behave,’ said Mr Munday.’
    • ‘The teenager pleaded guilty and magistrates ordered him to perform 60 hours of unpaid work within 12 months.’
    • ‘Andersen did unpaid work which helped sharpen up Labour's policies, especially in the field of taxation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each year there are around 4.4 million adults undertaking some 430 million hours of unpaid work.’
    • ‘I always found great sport in asking these questions when I was particularly grumpy after a period of unpaid overtime.’
    • ‘To the organisers of these events, it brings days and nights of unpaid work that is often taken for granted by those competing.’
    • ‘He was also ordered to undertake 150 hours unpaid work and to pay the £1,000 compensation to YorkBoat.’
    • ‘There are 6.5 million volunteers in Canada who contribute about one billion unpaid work hours each year.’
    • ‘The court will be able to insist they undertake unpaid work, drug or alcohol treatment or supervision while the sentence is on-going.’
    • ‘They generally feel that their work isn't valued, and they are doing up to $20,000 per year in unpaid work.’
    • ‘Community penalties involve undertaking unpaid work amounting to seven million hours ordered each year.’
    • ‘This means that many migrants have to find unpaid work experience on their own.’
    1. 2.1 (of a person) not receiving payment for work done.
      • ‘But she starts in Biblical times, where the template is laid for the future treatment of wives as obedient, unpaid servants.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And one of the consenting parties, in addition to being just barely an adult, was an unpaid employee of the other.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Moreover, if local leaders receive a wage, they are resented by unpaid volunteers.’
      • ‘These are the unpaid heroes of grass-roots rugby, who get no fees for turning out to referee.’
      • ‘He said carers, including tens of thousands of unpaid workers, are saving the exchequer €2 billion each year.’
      • ‘Carers of people with mental illness, unsung heroes or unpaid slaves?’
      • ‘Under the new ‘regime’ Sophie and her brother Jason are just two of the club's board of unpaid directors.’
      • ‘The Seoul researchers collected 242 eggs from 16 unpaid volunteers.’
      • ‘However inept these postings were, they were unpaid volunteers expressing their unscripted enthusiasm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Surrey's unpaid labourer, Zaheer Khan, is announced fit for the Pakistan match on Sunday.’
      • ‘The girls are treated like unpaid slaves or prisoners, except there is no crime and no fixed sentence.’
      • ‘His official title is director of football at Exeter City, his real title is unpaid director of football.’
      • ‘When the second successor company was registered in 1997, he became a paid manager and unpaid director of that business.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Times ought to be ashamed for its scheme to get unpaid members of the public to contribute to its website.’
      • ‘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.’
      voluntary, volunteer, honorary, unrewarded, unremunerative, unsalaried, gratuitous, free
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Pronunciation

unpaid

/ˌənˈpeɪd//ˌənˈpād/