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Unsuccessful - thesaurus

Synonyms

failed

adjective

unsuccessful

abortive

adjective

not finished and therefore not successful

fruitless

adjective

producing no good results, especially despite a lot of work

bungled

adjective

done very badly and without success

botched

adjective

badly done or badly planned, and therefore unsuccessful

unsuccessful

adjective

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

in vain

without success

unproductive

adjective

not achieving any benefits or positive results

counterproductive

adjective

having the opposite result to the one you intended

ailing

adjective

mainly journalism an ailing organization or economy is not strong or successful

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barren

adjective

a barren period is one in which you have no success

be firing/shooting blanks

to be unsuccessful in what you are trying to achieve

belly-up

adjective

informal if a company goes belly-up, it loses all of its money

bottom

adjective

at the lowest level or position, in status or success

the bottom drops out of/falls out of something

used for saying that something stops being successful or stops making money, often because people stop buying a product

close, but no cigar

used for telling someone that they have failed, although their attempt, guess etc was almost successful

could have been a contender

used for saying that somebody could have been successful at something, but was not

disastrous

adjective

very unsuccessful

DOA

adjective

mainly Americaninformal something that is DOA has not been successful, usually because it did not exist long enough to develop

finished

adjective

informal if you are finished, you are no longer able to continue doing something, for example because you do not have any money or because people no longer trust you

frustrated

adjective

wanting to be involved in a particular activity but not successful at it

have a long way to go

to need to do a lot more before you are successful

manqué

adjective

literary used about someone who has tried to do a particular activity but is not successful

on a downer

informal experiencing a period of failure

on the/your way out

no longer successful, popular, or effective

sickly

adjective

a sickly organization is not successful

slack

adjective

not as busy or successful as usual in business

someone is slipping

if someone is slipping, they are becoming less good at doing something

stillborn

adjective

something that is stillborn ends before it ever has the chance to begin

tinpot

adjective

a tinpot leader, country etc is one that is not very important or successful

to little/no purpose

without success, or with bad results

to/of no avail

without getting the effect you wanted or intended

unavailing

adjective

formal not successful

unfulfilled

adjective

an unfulfilled wish has not been achieved

unmet

adjective

used for saying that what is needed or wanted has not been done or provided

unrealised

a British spelling of unrealized

unrealized

adjective

not done or achieved

unsuccessful

adjective

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

unsuccessful

adjective

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

vain

adjective

unsuccessful, or useless

washed-up

adjective

informal someone who is washed-up will never be popular or successful again

whistling in the wind

trying without success to solve a problem or deal with something

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