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[pro-sper-i-tee] /prɒˈspɛr ɪ ti/
noun, plural prosperities.
a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, especially in financial respects; good fortune.
prosperities, prosperous circumstances, characterized by financial success or good fortune.
Origin of prosperity
1175-1225; Middle English prosperite < Old French < Latin prosperitās. See prosperous, -ity
Related forms
nonprosperity, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for prosperity
  • Simply putting it in writing would not have guaranteed them wealth, prosperity, or an accepted place in society.
  • The promise of jobs and prosperity, among other factors, pulls people to cities.
  • The increase in prosperity is not making humans happier or healthier, according to several studies.
  • The promise of jobs and prosperity pulls people to cities.
  • It's easy to see why economists would embrace cities, warts and all, as engines of prosperity.
  • The gods granted him prosperity to go with the peace.
  • The pace is slow but fast enough for prosperity and a good life.
  • The coast has always meant trade, travel, and prosperity.
  • It seemed natural that they would want a share of this new prosperity.
  • It seems plausible that time consciousness might be more a symptom than a cause of economic prosperity.
British Dictionary definitions for prosperity


the condition of prospering; success or wealth
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Word Origin and History for prosperity

c.1200, from Old French prosprete (12c., Modern French prospérité) and directly from Latin prosperitatem (nominative prosperitas) "good fortune," from prosperus (see prosper).

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