pros·​per·​i·​ty | \ prä-ˈsper-ə-tē How to pronounce prosperity (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Joe Biden ran on a promise to Build Back Better and—under pressure—melded his jobs program and climate program, linking lowering emissions with economic prosperity in a way Democrats conspicuously failed to in 2009. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "“Bipartisanship” Is Climate Poison," 6 Jan. 2021 Baker noted the irony in telling young people that the path toward economic prosperity comes with higher education, even though student debt can be a life-long burden. NBC News, "Biden is under pressure to forgive student debt. Here's why it's a racial issue.," 20 Nov. 2020 Abiy called for peace and unity and economic prosperity. Yohannes Gedamu, Quartz Africa, "The politics of power and ethnic federalism has boiled over into conflict in Ethiopia," 19 Nov. 2020 The three small businesses met the chamber’s criteria of growth, relevant innovation and championing economic and community prosperity. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "Here are Arlington’s small businesses of the year for 2020," 29 Oct. 2020 But, advocates point out, Black men of voting age care about many issues beyond criminal justice and economic prosperity. Aaron Morrison, Star Tribune, "Black men's votes courted, as some search for political home," 28 Oct. 2020 By the third meeting, North Korea was more than three years into its five-year plan, but had yet to deliver the economic prosperity promised to its people. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "October 10 was supposed to be a major celebration for Kim Jong Un. Instead he faces his most daunting challenges to date," 8 Oct. 2020 Without action, 30% to 50% of all species could be lost by 2050, threatening economic and social prosperity, a report by the charity The Nature Conservancy said this month. Carey L. Biron, The Christian Science Monitor, "More nations pledge laws to protect the environment," 2 Oct. 2020 But the increase in prosperity was uneven, with northern states doing better than those in the South, according to the analysis. The Center Square, Washington Examiner, "Colorado ranks 10th highest on state-by-state prosperity index," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of prosperity

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2021

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“Prosperity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prosperity

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


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: the state of being successful usually by making money

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