un·​pros·​per·​ous ˌən-ˈprä-sp(ə-)rəs How to pronounce unprosperous (audio)
: not flourishing or prosperous
especially : not marked by success or economic well-being
an unprosperous family/town

Examples of unprosperous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, Bouchard created the quirky Belcher clan, whose beleaguered patriarch, Bob (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin), operates an unprosperous burger joint staffed by his wife, Linda (John Roberts), and the couple’s oddball brood: Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene (Eugene Mirman), and Louise (Kristen Schaal). Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, 27 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unprosperous was in the 15th century

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“Unprosperous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprosperous. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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