What does successful mean?

Definitions for successful
səkˈsɛs fəlsuc·cess·ful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. successfuladjective

    having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome

    "a successful architect"; "a successful business venture"


  1. successfuladjective

    Resulting in success; assuring, or promotive of, success; accomplishing what was proposed; having the desired effect; prosperous; fortunate; happy

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Successfuladjective

    Prosperous; happy; fortunate.

    Etymology: success and full.

    They were terrible alarms to persons grown wealthy by a long and successful imposture, by persuading the world that men might be honest and happy, though they never mortified any corrupt appetites. Robert South, Sermons.

    H’ observ’d the illustrious throng,
    Their names, their fates, their conduct and their care
    In peaceful senates and successful war. Dryden.

    The early hunter
    Blesses Diana’s hand, who leads him safe
    O’er hanging cliffs; who spreads his net successful,
    And guides the arrow through the panther’s heart. Matthew Prior.


  1. successful

    Success is the state or condition of meeting a defined range of expectations. It may be viewed as the opposite of failure. The criteria for success depend on context, and may be relative to a particular observer or belief system. One person might consider a success what another person considers a failure, particularly in cases of direct competition or a zero-sum game. Similarly, the degree of success or failure in a situation may be differently viewed by distinct observers or participants, such that a situation that one considers to be a success, another might consider to be a failure, a qualified success or a neutral situation. For example, a film that is a commercial failure or even a box-office bomb can go on to receive a cult following, with the initial lack of commercial success even lending a cachet of subcultural coolness.It may also be difficult or impossible to ascertain whether a situation meets criteria for success or failure due to ambiguous or ill-defined definition of those criteria. Finding useful and effective criteria, or heuristics, to judge the failure or success of a situation may itself be a significant task.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Successfuladjective

    resulting in success; assuring, or promotive of, success; accomplishing what was proposed; having the desired effect; hence, prosperous; fortunate; happy; as, a successful use of medicine; a successful experiment; a successful enterprise

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'successful' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #903

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'successful' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1517

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'successful' in Adjectives Frequency: #107

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of successful in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of successful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of successful in a Sentence

  1. Chris Krebs:

    There have been successful leaders that embrace cybersecurity but also the community and engagement, and they tend to not just survive in this environment, but thrive, we want to help executives become those leaders. There’s a process that we want to help organizations build.

  2. Allison Beck:

    Representatives from both sides were willing to put in the long hours that were required, and ultimately they were successful in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement.

  3. Fred Smith:

    FedEx has changed the world by connecting people and possibilities for the last 50 years, as we look toward what's next, I have a great sense of satisfaction that a leader of the caliber of Raj Subramaniam will take FedEx into a very successful future.

  4. Anthony Banbury:

    We have not come anywhere close to ending the crisis. We’ve done a lot in 90 days in a very successful response but we have a long and difficult way to go.

  5. Mike Pence:

    As the president said very recently, we think we're close, we are hopeful that we can conclude a successful renegotiation of NAFTA.

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