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

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North Carolina is one of the fastest growing states in the nation but much of our recent prosperity has been concentrated in just a handful of areas, primarily around Charlotte and Raleigh. charlotteobserver, "Ashley Christensen," 3 July 2018 Yet for all its apparent prosperity, the U.S. in the late 1960s was in the final phase of the immediate post-World War II era during which America dominated the global economic stage. Tom Saler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tom Saler: 2018 has eerie resemblance to 1968," 23 Mar. 2018 Your simple minded policies--imposition of tariffs--have the potential to seriously damage our future prosperity. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Ex-CIA chief John Brennan to Trump: 'America will triumph over you'," 17 Mar. 2018 Your resourcefulness makes your financial prosperity skyrocket on Saturday. Colin Bedell, Cosmopolitan, "Your Horoscope for the Week of March 12," 11 Mar. 2018 America has also finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and shipped away our companies, our jobs, and our wealth. Esquire Editors, Esquire, "Read the Full Transcript of Trump's State of the Union Address," 31 Jan. 2018 Peace and prosperity, the heart of the nation is one! Alex Ward, Vox, "5 powerful images from Kim Jong Un’s historic meeting with South Korea’s president," 18 Sep. 2018 In South Korea, the liberal Kyunghyang Shinmun newspaper said Trump and Kim have started a ‘‘march of peace’’ to end nearly seven decades of hostility and pave the way for permanent peace and prosperity on the peninsula., "With summit over, Mike Pompeo makes visits to Asian allies," 13 June 2018 The man who would set fire to the foundations of our peace and prosperity resides within them. Josh Gohlke, San Francisco Chronicle, "Last Word: Trump’s 1812 overturn," 8 June 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


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: the state of being successful usually by making money

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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