non·​suc·​cess ˌnän-sək-ˈses How to pronounce nonsuccess (audio)
plural nonsuccesses
: a lack or absence of success
… an idea that has had varying degrees of nonsuccess since the 1980s.Molly Wood
: something that is not a success
"Those with a deep spiritual grounding have a sense of security and self-esteem that allows them to risk, and perhaps gives them the ability to accept and move on from nonsuccesses," …David Roozen

Word History

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonsuccess was in 1665

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Cite this Entry

“Nonsuccess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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