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successful

[suh k-ses-fuh l] /səkˈsɛs fəl/
adjective
1.
achieving or having achieved success.
2.
having attained wealth, position, honors, or the like.
3.
resulting in or attended with success.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; success + -ful
Related forms
successfully, adverb
successfulness, noun
half-successful, adjective
half-successfully, adverb
half-successfulness, noun
nonsuccessful, adjective
nonsuccessfully, adverb
presuccessful, adjective
presuccessfully, adverb
quasi-successful, adjective
quasi-successfully, adverb
semisuccessful, adjective
semisuccessfully, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for success-fulness

successful

/səkˈsɛsfʊl/
adjective
1.
having succeeded in one's endeavours
2.
marked by a favourable outcome
3.
having obtained fame, wealth, etc
Derived Forms
successfully, adverb
successfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for success-fulness

successful

adj.

1580s, from success + -ful. Originally any kind of success; since late 19c. it has tended to mean "wealthy" unless otherwise indicated. Related: Successfully.

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