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[ UK /ʌnsəksˈɛsfə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˌənsəkˈsɛsfəɫ/ ]
  1. not successful; having failed or having an unfavorable outcome
  2. failing to accomplish an intended result
    an abortive revolt
    a stillborn plot to assassinate the President
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How To Use unsuccessful In A Sentence

  • The climbers face certain death if the rescue today is unsuccessful.
  • The final proposals were a rather unsuccessful compromise between the need for profitability and the demands of local conservationists.
  • Unsuccessful at screen writing, he got a spot on a CNN film show.
  • Two tugs from Clyde coastguards tried unsuccessfully to pull the vessel clear and it was freed the next day on the early morning tide.
  • Any attempt to incorporate it after the contract is made will be unsuccessful.
  • Americans tried to take part of British Canada in December 1775, when forces led by Benedict Arnold and Richard Montgomery unsuccessfully attacked Quebec.
  • his unsuccessful mollification of the mob
  • Attempts to locate the lorry at Harwich International Port were unsuccessful.
  • The book opens with Blanche White in jail for unsuccessfully kiting checks to buy groceries with.
  • Behind every successful man there's a lot u unsuccessful years.
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