from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition of being prosperous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition of being prosperous, of having good fortune

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being prosperous; advance or gain in anything good or desirable; successful progress in any business or enterprise; attainment of the object desired; good fortune; success

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being prosperous; good fortune in any business or enterprise; success in respect of anything good or desirable: as, agricultural or commercial prosperity; national prosperity.
  • n. Synonyms Good fortune, weal, welfare, well-being. See prosperous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an economic state of growth with rising profits and full employment
  • n. the condition of prospering; having good fortune


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  • Too often the term prosperity gets hijacked to mean nothing more than an elusive state of temporary bliss and positive karma.

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  • Right, the way you personally attain prosperity is not by getting 4.2% annual raises from your current employer but by getting a 30% raise offer from another employer that your current employer must match or lose you.

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  • The small difference between the two is what we call prosperity.

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  • He thinks that the best way to prosperity is to create massive deflation.

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  • The Palestinians 'best route to prosperity is to join rather than replace Israel's stable system of government and robust economy.

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  • If our prosperity is the main culprit in our epidemic of obesity - and most evidence suggests that it is - then our growing girth isn't necessarily a bad thing.


  • Nevertheless, one must bear in mind that this prosperity is the best protection against Communist infiltration from the East; that if it came to an end masses of unemployed could easily be ready to believe in extremist doctrines.

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  • Likewise, the direct harm caused by our consumer, policy, and business decisions is not the fault of our trade partners, but the responsibility of those perpetrating the actions - exploitative businesses, the government's that those businesses lobby for profitable trade policies, and we, the citizens, who value what we call prosperity over the human rights of other nations affected.

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  • Beyond Italy's fiscal solidity, many analysts say Italy should be more worried about its long-term prosperity.

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