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unsuccessful

Line breaks: un|suc¦cess¦ful
Pronunciation: /ʌnsəkˈsɛsfʊl
 
, -f(ə)l/

Definition of unsuccessful in English:

adjective

Not successful: an unsuccessful attempt to enter Parliament
More example sentences
  • To discriminate between successful and unsuccessful interventions we need evidence.
  • That is not restricted to the situation where the claimant is successful or unsuccessful.
  • He has already made two unsuccessful attempts at raising finance to fund an expansion programme.
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unsuccessfully

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The Perth MP and MSP claimed the paper tried hard but unsuccessfully to get her to criticise the police.
  • After trying unsuccessfully to free his finger, his parents, Laura and Tony, called the fire brigade.
  • Higher education institutions in Leeds and private companies had unsuccessfully been approached.

unsuccessfulness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • ‘I'm loose,’ he said, trying with great unsuccessfulness to float face down.
  • These boys represent the evidence which proves the unsuccessfulness of this treatment.
  • Major factors that influence student unsuccessfulness as determined by the results of this study are presented below.

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