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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.
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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 half-successful

Historical Examples

  • Finally, the work is triumphant, fails, or is only half-successful.

    Essay on the Creative Imagination

    Th. Ribot

  • The flour had made a dreadful mess and the cleaning process was only half-successful.

    The Bobbsey Twins

    Laura Lee Hope


British Dictionary definitions for half-successful

successful

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

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.

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