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Definition of "unsuccessful" []

  • Having an unfavorable outcome: an unsuccessful venture. (adjective)
  • Failing to attain something desired or intended: an unsuccessful entrepreneur. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "unsuccessful" in a sentence
  • "The fraudulent conviction of the late Senator Ted Stevens was referred to as "unsuccessful," which it was, after he lost reelection by a hair's breadth."
  • "During the course of the investigation, Blecker forged three additional letters in unsuccessful attempts to have the new RTP cancelled and withdrawn."
  • "Blecker forged three additional letters in unsuccessful attempts to have the new RTP cancelled and withdrawn."