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successful

[ suhk-ses-fuhl ]
/ səkˈsɛs fəl /
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adjective

achieving or having achieved success.
having attained wealth, position, honors, or the like.
resulting in or attended with success.

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Origin of successful

First recorded in 1580–90; success + -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for successful

successful
/ (səkˈsɛsfʊl) /

adjective

having succeeded in one's endeavours
marked by a favourable outcome
having obtained fame, wealth, etc

Derived forms of successful

successfully, adverbsuccessfulness, noun
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