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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 successfulness

Historical Examples

  • What relation between these factors and successfulness in later life?

    Vocational Psychology: Its Problems and Methods

    Harry L. Hollingworth

  • On this side, then, certainly the chief side, there could be no question about the successfulness of his life.

    Queed

    Henry Sydnor Harrison


British Dictionary definitions for successfulness

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for successfulness

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

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