unsuccessful - definition and synonyms


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  1. something that is unsuccessful does not achieve what you want, or does not happen in the way that you want

    The president flew home today after another unsuccessful attempt to reach a peace agreement.

    All their efforts were largely unsuccessful.

    1. a.
      someone who is unsuccessful does not do or get what they want

      Letters are sent to all unsuccessful candidates.

      unsuccessful in:

      They were unsuccessful in reaching foreign markets.

    2. b.
      used about someone who has not achieved what they want in life

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Some workers have tried unsuccessfully to set up their own businesses.