Definition of unsuccessful
: not successful : not meeting with or producing success
unsuccessfullyplay \ˌən-sək-ˈses-fə-lē\ adverb
Examples of unsuccessful in a Sentence
His last novel was unsuccessful.
an unsuccessful attempt to fix the faucet ourselves
Recent Examples of unsuccessful from the Web
The Marawi siege followed an unsuccessful May 23 army raid that attempted to capture a top terror suspect, Isnilon Hapilon, who has been designated by the Islamic State group as its leader in Southeast Asia.
Efforts by The Post to reach Buryakov through family members were unsuccessful.
Efforts to contact a lawyer for Ms. Wettlaufer were also unsuccessful.
The siege in Marawi followed an unsuccessful army raid last Tuesday that attempted to capture militant commander Isnilon Hapilon, who has been designated by the Islamic State group as its leader in the Philippines.
Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
The duo formed a blues-rock group called the Allman Joys and made an unsuccessful recording debut (as the Hour Glass) before forming the group that became the Allman Brothers Band.
Police Friday night issued a lookout bulletin for Morgan, but efforts to find him have been unsuccessful.
Media trying to reach them in recent days have been unsuccessful.
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First Known Use of unsuccessful
UNSUCCESSFUL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of unsuccessful for English Language Learners
: not having or producing success : not successful
UNSUCCESSFUL Defined for Kids
Definition of unsuccessful for Students
: not ending in or having gained success an unsuccessful attempt
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