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  1. having or characterized by financial success or good fortune; flourishing; successful: a prosperous business.
  2. well-to-do or well-off: a prosperous family.
  3. favorable or propitious.
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Origin of prosperous

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin prosperus
Related formspros·per·ous·ly, adverbpros·per·ous·ness, nounnon·pros·per·ous, adjectivenon·pros·per·ous·ly, adverbnon·pros·per·ous·ness, nouno·ver·pros·per·ous, adjectiveo·ver·pros·per·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·pros·per·ous·ness, nounpseu·do·pros·per·ous, adjectivepseu·do·pros·per·ous·ly, adverbqua·si-pros·per·ous, adjectivequa·si-pros·per·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·pros·per·ous, adjectiveun·pros·per·ous, adjectiveun·pros·per·ous·ly, adverbun·pros·per·ous·ness, noun


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1. thriving. 2. wealthy, rich. 3. fortunate, lucky, auspicious.
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Historical Examples

  • At Prosperous the barracks were burnt, and nearly all the soldiers killed.

    A History of England, Period III.

    Rev. J. Franck Bright

  • Prosperous or wretched, her destiny henceforth was linked with another.

    Other People's Money

    Emile Gaboriau

  • Protestants remembered the foul play at Prosperous; the rebels swore to avenge the treachery at the Curragh.

  • Prosperous communities sprang up in eastern Oregon and Washington.

  • Now concerning the city toronto this city is Beautiful and Prosperous Levele city.

British Dictionary definitions for prosperous


  1. flourishing; prospering
  2. rich; affluent; wealthy
  3. favourable or promising
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Derived Formsprosperously, adverbprosperousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for prosperous


early 15c., "tending to bring success," from prosper + -ous, or else from obsolete Middle French prospereus (15c.), from prosperer. The sense of "flourishing" is first recorded late 15c.

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