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successful

[suh k-ses-fuh l]
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adjective
  1. achieving or having achieved success.
  2. having attained wealth, position, honors, or the like.
  3. resulting in or attended with success.

Origin of successful

First recorded in 1580–90; success + -ful
Related formssuc·cess·ful·ly, adverbsuc·cess·ful·ness, nounhalf-suc·cess·ful, adjectivehalf-suc·cess·ful·ly, adverbhalf-suc·cess·ful·ness, nounnon·suc·cess·ful, adjectivenon·suc·cess·ful·ly, adverbpre·suc·cess·ful, adjectivepre·suc·cess·ful·ly, adverbqua·si-suc·cess·ful, adjectivequa·si-suc·cess·ful·ly, adverbsem·i·suc·cess·ful, adjectivesem·i·suc·cess·ful·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for successful

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Historical Examples

  • The room we entered was heated by what I took to be a successful furnace.

  • When great sorrows come it is because in the struggle we have not been successful.

  • Never had there been insurrection so sudden, so short, and so successful.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Already she was learning that peace of mind is essential to successful endeavor.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Crane's latter-day racing had been successful—he made money at it.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser


British Dictionary definitions for successful

successful

adjective
  1. having succeeded in one's endeavours
  2. marked by a favourable outcome
  3. having obtained fame, wealth, etc
Derived Formssuccessfully, adverbsuccessfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for successful

adj.

1580s, from success + -ful. Originally any kind of success; since late 19c. it has tended to mean "wealthy" unless otherwise indicated. Related: Successfully.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper