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Unpaid volunteers (sense 2) helping out at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore


From un- +‎ paid.



unpaid (not comparable)

  1. Not paid for.
    Antonym: paid
    an unpaid bill
    • 1798, John Wentworth, A Complete System of Pleading: Comprehending the Most Approved Precedents and Forms of Practice; Consisting of Such as have Never before been Published: With an Index to the Principal Work, Incorporating and Making it a Continuation of Townshend's and Cornwall's Tables, to the Present Time; as Well as an Index of Reference to All the Ancient and Modern Entries Extant, volume VII (Debt. Detinue.), London: Printed for G. G. and J. Robinson, Paternoster-Row, →OCLC, page 625:
      Plea, that R. and E. being ſeiſed of lands, were diſſeiſed by plaintiff, who demiſed to defendent;[sic] R. and E. re-entered before any rent was unpaid.
    • 1828 May 19, “Maclean v. Dunn and Watkins”, in The Law Journal for the Year 1828: Comprising Reports of Cases in the Courts of Chancery, King's Bench, and Common Pleas, from Michaelmas Term 1827, to Trinity Term 1828, both inclusive. And Cases Connected with the Duties and Office of Magistrates, Decided during Those Terms, volume IV, London: Printed by James Holmes, 4, Took's Court, Chancery Lane, for J. W. Paget, 5, Quality Court, Chancery Lane, →OCLC, page 185, column 1:
      [T]he plaintiff re-sold the said one hundred and sixty-five bags of Russian and German wool so remaining unaccepted by the defendants and unpaid for by them, by public sale, at and for a much less sum, to wit, the sum of 2000l. less than the sum so agreed to be paid by the defendants for the same; []
    • 2012, Joel Waldfogel, “Digital Piracy: Empirics”, in Martin Peitz, Joel Waldfogel, editors, The Oxford Handbook of the Digital Economy, New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 540:
      The volume of unpaid consumption in movies appears to be lower, particularly in the United States. Rob and Waldfogel (2007) report that only about 5 percent of movie consumption among University of Pennsylvania students in 2005 was unpaid (at a time when about half of a similar population's music consumption was unpaid).
  2. Of work: done without agreed payment, usually voluntarily.
    Synonyms: unsalaried, unwaged
    Antonym: paid
    an unpaid position