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


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


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Origin of unsuccessful

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

OTHER WORDS FROM unsuccessful

un·suc·cess·ful·ly, adverbun·suc·cess·ful·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unsuccessful

/ (ˌʌnsəkˈsɛsfʊl) /


not having succeeded

Derived forms of unsuccessful

unsuccessfully, adverb
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