pros·​per·​i·​ty | \prä-ˈsper-ə-tē \

Definition of prosperity 

: the condition of being successful or thriving especially : economic well-being

Examples of prosperity in a Sentence

a period of prosperity for our nation

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But that notion ties to the prosperity gospel that many conservatives have bought into. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Benefits of Privilege: Being Rich and White Is Proof You Must Be Good," 5 Oct. 2018 So their labor is increasingly tied to overall prosperity. Rani Molla, Recode, "Half of U.S. Uber drivers make less than $10 an hour after vehicle expenses, according to a new study," 2 Oct. 2018 In the age after the Demon War, the continent enjoys a period of prosperity. Tom Mendelsohn, Ars Technica, "Review: Founders of Gloomhaven groans beneath its own weight," 22 Sep. 2018 Even greater prosperity is possible if policy makers stay the course and continue to implement pro-market economic policies. Edward C. Prescott And, WSJ, "The Good Times Can Roll On," 23 Aug. 2018 Closing the income gap Widespread prosperity is still something out of reach here, and can be a significant stumbling block for those trying to get ahead. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "As San Antonio turns 300, community poised for next three centuries," 5 May 2018 The Saints' post-Katrina prosperity has been one of the league's great success stories, and league owners love having a team in the football-crazy Gulf Coast. Jeff Duncan,, "Superdome renovation project is smart, realistic and necessary," 3 Apr. 2018 American prosperity has created countless jobs around the globe, and the drive for excellence, creativity and innovation in the United States has led to important discoveries that help people everywhere live more prosperous and healthier lives. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Booed at Davos for Calling Media ‘Vicious and Fake’," 26 Jan. 2018 In post-Civil War America, as prosperity rose and middle-class women aspired to upper-class elegance, these books pointed the way. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Little Ladies: Victorian Fashion Dolls and the Feminine Ideal’ Review: An Era’s Expectations in Miniature," 17 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of prosperity

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of prosperity

: the state of being successful usually by making a lot of money


pros·​per·​i·​ty | \prä-ˈsper-ə-tē \

Kids Definition of prosperity

: the state of being successful usually by making money

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