arbeitslos

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Etymology[edit]

From Arbeit +‎ -s- +‎ -los.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈaʁbaɪ̯tsloːs/
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  • Hyphenation: ar‧beits‧los

Adjective[edit]

arbeitslos (not comparable)

  1. (general) unemployed (having no work despite being willing to work)
  2. (colloquial) on welfare; unemployed; idle (having no work and being supported by social benefits despite being able to work)
  3. (law, Germany) working less than 15 hours a week, actively looking for a job that is subject to obligatory social-security payments, registered at the national employment agency, and responding to the latter’s placement services

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