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[suh k-ses-fuh l] /səkˈsɛs fəl/
achieving or having achieved success.
having attained wealth, position, honors, or the like.
resulting in or attended with success.
Origin of successful
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for successful
  • Although they came to form a majority of the country population they never made a successful insurrection.
  • We may study the laws of matter at and for our convenience, but a successful life knows no law.
  • The company considered the experiment so successful that they implemented a wider telecommuting policy.
  • Domestication takes thousands of years, and then there are no guarantees that it would be successful.
  • He also calculated the probability of kicking a successful field goal from various spots on the field.
  • It is that even this limited ambition risks messing up the successful freight railways.
  • Charisma will be back in: all successful business chiefs will have to be storytellers and performers.
  • As a rule, the more value a firm can add to a product, the more successful it will be.
  • She also promises that she will apply her successful business skills to running the state.
  • successful legatees have almost the same test scores as successful non-legatees.
British Dictionary definitions for successful


having succeeded in one's endeavours
marked by a favourable outcome
having obtained fame, wealth, etc
Derived Forms
successfully, adverb
successfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for successful

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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