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- achieving or having achieved success.
- having attained wealth, position, honors, or the like.
- resulting in or attended with success.
Origin of successful
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
First recorded in 1580–90; success
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Related Words for successfulnesswealth
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Historical Examples of successfulness
What relation between these factors and successfulness in later life?
On this side, then, certainly the chief side, there could be no question about the successfulness of his life.
Henry Sydnor Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for successfulness
Derived Formssuccessfully, adverbsuccessfulness, noun
- having succeeded in one's endeavours
- marked by a favourable outcome
- having obtained fame, wealth, etc
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Word Origin and History for successfulness
1580s, from success + -ful. Originally any kind of success; since late 19c. it has tended to mean "wealthy" unless otherwise indicated. Related: Successfully.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper