[uhn-suh k-ses-fuh l]
- not achieving or not attended with success: an unsuccessful person; an unsuccessful venture.
Origin of unsuccessful
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hapless, unfortunate, foiled, baffled.
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Examples from the Web for unsuccessful
As a boy, by the way, Pierre had set out from Florida in an unsuccessful canoe trip to Cuba!Canada ♥ Cuba Just Got Complicated
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She had an unsuccessful go at trying to join the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills franchise.How Lisa Kudrow Pulled Off TV’s Ultimate ‘Comeback’
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Despite several years of lobbying, so far, the MPVR has been unsuccessful in its attempt to pass a measure.Mississippi: Last In Everything, First In Vaccinations
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Attempts by The Daily Beast to contact the ABMS for comment by phone and email were unsuccessful.Rand Paul and the Certification Racket
August 11, 2014
After years of unsuccessful entreaties by the U.S. TV networks, Pippa finally sat down to speak with Matt Lauer.Pippa Gives First TV Interview To Matt Lauer
June 26, 2014
She had, indeed, had several, but their suits were all unsuccessful.
A little later the two men returned, unsuccessful in their quest.The Long Labrador Trail
I think Rivers was not justified in what he did because he was unsuccessful, that is all.A Woman Intervenes
Stanton said to me that he believes in Hooker, (p. 218) even if Hooker be unsuccessful.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
An attempt to use the British cavalry was unsuccessful on March 12.
- not having succeeded
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Word Origin and History for unsuccessful
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