American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having an unfavorable outcome: an unsuccessful venture.
- adj. Failing to attain something desired or intended: an unsuccessful entrepreneur.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not successful; not producing the desired event; not fortunate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not successful; not producing the desired event; not fortunate; meeting with, or resulting in, failure; unlucky; unhappy.
- adj. failing to accomplish an intended result
- adj. not successful; having failed or having an unfavorable outcome
“The fraudulent conviction of the late Senator Ted Stevens was referred to as "unsuccessful," which it was, after he lost reelection by a hair's breadth.”
“During the course of the investigation, Blecker forged three additional letters in unsuccessful attempts to have the new RTP cancelled and withdrawn.”
“Blecker forged three additional letters in unsuccessful attempts to have the new RTP cancelled and withdrawn.”
“From the 4th fogs said adverse winds prevented a further attempt until the 7th, which was then made nearer the end of the cable, and was unsuccessful from the same cause when the cable had been lifted about 1000 yards.”
“I shall make another attempt this evening & least I may be again unsuccessful take a note in my pocket requesting him to leave the money for me tomorrow morning in case he should again be out.”
“And his Finals performance, though unsuccessful from a team standpoint, should be legendary, and I don’t know why he doesn’t get that credit.”
“At one point, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S. C.) introduced a line of questioning about Miranda rights and military commissions by recalling the unsuccessful bombing attempt on an airplane last Christmas.”
“If he is successful, that will only confirm the general belief in his rashness; and if in the short run he is unsuccessful, which is very likely, he will not receive much mercy.”
“His father was a lawyer, unsuccessful, which is very rare; poor, which is even more difficult because in Florence, lawyers then and even today are normally very wealthy.”
“There was no accusation or evidence of jury misconduct, and fairness and due process principles do not entitle unsuccessful plaintiffs 'attorneys to a' do over. ”
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