Definition of unsuccessful in English:



  • Not successful.

    ‘an unsuccessful attempt to enter Parliament’
    • ‘Even though I ended up dreading every unsuccessful feed, I mourned the final one.’
    • ‘Will the month-long tour be extended if the American mission is unsuccessful?’
    • ‘That is not restricted to the situation where the claimant is successful or unsuccessful.’
    • ‘He says attempts to clarify the company's intentions have been unsuccessful.’
    • ‘Police were called, and made a number of unsuccessful attempts to catch the cow.’
    • ‘One of the group made an unsuccessful attempt to find him before the police were called.’
    • ‘He has already made two unsuccessful attempts at raising finance to fund an expansion programme.’
    • ‘After a few unsuccessful attempts I gave up and started to push it the last ten miles or so.’
    • ‘After two unsuccessful attempts a doctor would not be able to apply again for restoration.’
    • ‘On his first attempt he was unsuccessful, because he couldn't reach the pedals.’
    • ‘An unsuccessful attempt had also been made to set fire to the main shop building.’
    • ‘She is not a technical person and it is not surprising that she was unsuccessful in her attempts to do so.’
    • ‘Equally importantly, the fraction of unsuccessful attempts was reduced fivefold.’
    • ‘We have had several unsuccessful attempts in the past and have intercepted all of them successfully.’
    • ‘It follows the Eaglegate building's unsuccessful spell on the lettings market as offices.’
    • ‘Firefighters in Wales left the picket line in an unsuccessful attempt to save a life.’
    • ‘To discriminate between successful and unsuccessful interventions we need evidence.’
    • ‘Attempts to locate the lorry at Harwich International Port were unsuccessful.’
    • ‘Although the bid was unsuccessful, the event raised the profile of the town.’
    • ‘She added it was important the company had plans in other cities, in case Sheffield was unsuccessful.’
    failed, without success, abortive, misfired
    unprofitable, unprosperous, loss-making
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