pros·​per·​ous | \ˈprä-sp(ə-)rəs \

Definition of prosperous 

2a : marked by success or economic well-being

b : enjoying vigorous and healthy growth : flourishing

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Other Words from prosperous

prosperously adverb
prosperousness noun

Examples of prosperous in a Sentence

The company had a prosperous year. He predicted a prosperous future.

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America will still be even more prosperous, 14 states, record low unemployment. Fox News, "Reps. Jordan, Meadows react to Strzok-Page texts about leaks," 12 Sep. 2018 At every turn, Trump has questioned and denigrated the alliances and institutions that have kept America safe, prosperous, and free. Nina Jankowicz, The New Republic, "Available in Helsinki: the Fate of Eastern Europe," 13 July 2018 The front office spent the last three days adding option for what the Padres believe, hope, pray will prosperous future. Jeff Sanders,, "'Pen up to task as Padres take series from Braves," 6 June 2018 The government wanted to project an image of a prosperous country, and massive protests of rebellious students would tarnish that image. Andalusia Knoll, Teen Vogue, "What to Know About the 1968 Tlatelolco Plaza Student Massacre," 2 Oct. 2018 But his support for limited government, for tax reform, and support for our armed forces surely left our nation more prosperous and more secure. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Vice President Mike Pence Pays Tribute to John McCain in Speech at His Memorial Service," 31 Aug. 2018 As a persuasion tool, Mr. Trump showed Kim a White House produced video depicting a prosperous Pyongyang next to the U.S. Weijia Jiang, CBS News, "U.S.-North Korea summit: Trump, Pompeo defend language in joint statement," 13 June 2018 The world’s most popular and most prosperous professional league was constantly blamed for holding back the England team. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "How England Rewired Its Soccer DNA," 10 July 2018 Once, Flint was among the most prosperous communities in the country, the birthplace of General Motors. CBS News, "The Flint water crisis: A loss of trust," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of prosperous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prosperous

Middle English, from Medieval Latin prosperosus, from Latin prosperus

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English Language Learners Definition of prosperous

: having success usually by making a lot of money


pros·​per·​ous | \ˈprä-spə-rəs \

Kids Definition of prosperous

1 : having or showing success or financial good fortune

2 : strong and healthy in growth a prosperous town

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