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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unsuccessfuladjective

    not successful; having failed or having an unfavorable outcome

  2. abortive, stillborn, unsuccessfuladjective

    failing to accomplish an intended result

    "an abortive revolt"; "a stillborn plot to assassinate the President"


  1. unsuccessfuladjective

    Failed, not successful.

    His unsuccessful attempt earned him sympathy, condolences...and an occasional good-natured ribbing.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unsuccessfuladjective

    Not having the wished event; not fortunate; not well received.

    O the sad fate of unsuccessful sin!
    You see yon heads without, there’s worse within. John Cleveland.

    Ye pow’rs return’d
    From unsuccessful charge! be not dismay’d. John Milton.

    Hence appear the many mistakes, which have made learning generally so unpleasing and so unsuccessful. John Milton.

    My counsels may be unsuccessful, but my prayers
    Shall wait on all your actions. John Denham.

    The corruption, perverseness, and vitiosity of man’s will, he charges as the only cause that rendered all the arguments his doctrine came cloathed with, unsuccessful. South.

    Had Portius been the unsuccessful lover,
    The same compassion would have fall’n on him. Addison.

    Successful authors do what they can to exclude a competitor, while the unsuccessful, with as much eagerness, lay their claim to him as their brother. Addison.

    Those are generally more unsuccessful in their pursuit after fame, who are more desirous of obtaining it. Addison.

    Leave dang’rous truths to unsuccessful satire. Alexander Pope.


  1. unsuccessful

    Unsuccessful refers to not achieving the desired outcome, result, or goals. It is characterized by the lack of success or failure in something attempted or intended.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unsuccessfuladjective

    not successful; not producing the desired event; not fortunate; meeting with, or resulting in, failure; unlucky; unhappy

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unsuccessful in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unsuccessful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of unsuccessful in a Sentence

  1. Shawn Redd:

    Republicans have been intimidated by Navajo Nation. They have been unsuccessful campaigning for votes and have given up, i’m going extremely hard against the grain, because for people in the 1st District, voting Democrat is a way of life.

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Difference between a successful and an unsuccessful person is not the action but the vision.

  3. Carsten Kengeter:

    I don't really think this will crystallise at the moment but they could articulate it if our merger (with LSE) is unsuccessful.

  4. Wolfgang Merkel:

    I am not a big sympathizer of this government, nevertheless, they were rather successful in containing the crisis... especially if you look at the UK or the US who are seen as the unsuccessful examples.

  5. Calvin Coolidge:

    Nothing in the world will take away persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than an unsuccessful man with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

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