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[pros-per-uh s] /ˈprɒs pər əs/
having or characterized by financial success or good fortune; flourishing; successful:
a prosperous business.
well-to-do or well-off:
a prosperous family.
favorable or propitious.
Origin of prosperous
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin prosperus
Related forms
prosperously, adverb
prosperousness, noun
nonprosperous, adjective
nonprosperously, adverb
nonprosperousness, noun
overprosperous, adjective
overprosperously, adverb
overprosperousness, noun
pseudoprosperous, adjective
pseudoprosperously, adverb
quasi-prosperous, adjective
quasi-prosperously, adverb
superprosperous, adjective
unprosperous, adjective
unprosperously, adverb
unprosperousness, noun
1. thriving. 2. wealthy, rich. 3. fortunate, lucky, auspicious. Unabridged
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  • But the problem with his quiet, prosperous family life is that it's boring.
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  • The crisis brought pain, but also healthy changes that cleared the decks for more prosperous growth and innovation.
  • The luckier ones survived to become modestly prosperous cattle ranchers.
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  • It is that science, above all, will keep us prosperous and secure.
  • But gradually the business became prosperous, and a fixture, and a success.
  • In prosperous times, this web let them to expand far faster than their capital-or promise-justified.
British Dictionary definitions for prosperous


flourishing; prospering
rich; affluent; wealthy
favourable or promising
Derived Forms
prosperously, adverb
prosperousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for prosperous

early 15c., "tending to bring success," from prosper + -ous, or else from obsolete Middle French prospereus (15c.), from prosperer. The sense of "flourishing" is first recorded late 15c.

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