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underemployment

Definition of Underemployment

(noun) A situation in which an individual’s job underutilizes their qualifications or skills.

Underemployment Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: un·der·em·ploy·ment

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /uhn-duhr-rim-plOI-muhnt/
  • British English – /uhn-duh-rim-plOI-muhnt/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /əndərɪmˈplɔɪmənt/
  • British English – /ˌʌndərɪmˈplɔɪmənt/

Usage Note

  • Plural: underemployments

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Cite the Definition of Underemployment

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “underemployment.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved July 9, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/underemployment/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

underemployment. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/underemployment/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “underemployment.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed July 9, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/underemployment/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“underemployment.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 9 Jul. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/underemployment/>.