successful

[suh k-ses-fuh l]

adjective

achieving or having achieved success.
having attained wealth, position, honors, or the like.
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

Contemporary Examples of successful

Historical Examples of successful

  • 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.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Crane's racing season had been as successful as the Master of Ringwood's had been disastrous.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser


British Dictionary definitions for successful

successful

adjective

having succeeded in one's endeavours
marked by a favourable outcome
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.

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