unsuccessful

adjective un·suc·cess·ful \ ˌən-sək-ˈses-fəl \

Definition of unsuccessful

:not successful :not meeting with or producing success

unsuccessfully

play \ˌən-sək-ˈses-fə-lē\ adverb

Examples of unsuccessful in a Sentence

  1. His last novel was unsuccessful.

  2. an unsuccessful attempt to fix the faucet ourselves

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First Known Use of unsuccessful

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UNSUCCESSFUL Defined for English Language Learners

unsuccessful

adjective

Definition of unsuccessful for English Language Learners

  • : not having or producing success : not successful


UNSUCCESSFUL Defined for Kids

unsuccessful

adjective un·suc·cess·ful \ ˌən-sək-ˈses-fəl \

Definition of unsuccessful for Students

:not ending in or having gained success
  • an unsuccessful attempt

unsuccessfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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