unsuccessful

[ uhn-suhk-ses-fuhl ]
/ ˌʌn səkˈsɛs fəl /

adjective

not achieving or not attended with success: an unsuccessful person; an unsuccessful venture.

Nearby words

  1. unsubsidized,
  2. unsubstantial,
  3. unsubstantiated,
  4. unsubtle,
  5. unsuccess,
  6. unsuitable,
  7. unsuited,
  8. unsullied,
  9. unsung,
  10. unsupervised

Origin of unsuccessful

First recorded in 1610–20; un-1 + successful

Related formsun·suc·cess·ful·ly, adverbun·suc·cess·ful·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for unsuccessful

unsuccessful

/ (ˌʌnsəkˈsɛsfʊl) /

adjective

not having succeeded
Derived Formsunsuccessfully, adverb

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Word Origin and History for unsuccessful

unsuccessful

adj.

1610s, from un- (1) "not" + successful. Related: Unsuccessfully.

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