Need another word that means the same as “unsuccessful”? Find 5 synonyms and 30 related words for “unsuccessful” in this overview.
The synonyms of “Unsuccessful” are: abortive, stillborn, failed, unprofitable, unprosperous
Unsuccessful as an Adjective
Definitions of "Unsuccessful" as an adjective
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “unsuccessful” as an adjective can have the following definitions:
- Not successful.
- Not successful; having failed or having an unfavorable outcome.
- Failing to accomplish an intended result.
Synonyms of "Unsuccessful" as an adjective (5 Words)
|abortive||(of an organ or organism) rudimentary; arrested in development.|
An abortive revolt.
|failed||(of a mechanism) not functioning properly.|
A failed coup attempt.
|stillborn||(of a proposal or plan) having failed to develop or be realized.|
One of the twins was stillborn.
|unprofitable||(of a business or activity) not yielding profit or financial gain.|
There has been much unprofitable speculation.
|unprosperous||Not enjoying or bringing financial success.|
Usage Examples of "Unsuccessful" as an adjective
- An unsuccessful attempt to enter Parliament.
Associations of "Unsuccessful" (30 Words)
|abortive||Causing or resulting in abortion.|
|calamitous||Involving calamity; catastrophic or disastrous.|
Such calamitous events as fires hurricanes and floods.
|defeated||People who are defeated.|
The defeated army.
|dejected||Sad and depressed; dispirited.|
Is dejected but trying to look cheerful.
|despondent||Without or almost without hope.|
Despondent about his failure.
|disadvantaged||(of a person or area) in unfavourable circumstances, especially with regard to financial or social opportunities.|
We began to help the disadvantaged.
|disappointed||(of hopes or expectations) prevented from being realized.|
The rising was a revolution of disappointed hopes.
|disastrous||(of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin.|
United made a disastrous start to the season.
|disillusioned||Disappointed in someone or something that one discovers to be less good than one had believed.|
The minority groups were completely disillusioned with the party.
Their foiled attempt to capture Calais.
|frustrated||Prevented from progressing, succeeding, or being fulfilled.|
Years of frustrated attempts to regain control of the site.
|frustrating||Preventing realization or attainment of a desire.|
It can be very frustrating to find that the size you want isn t there.
|hapless||(especially of a person) unfortunate.|
A hapless victim.
|inauspicious||Not conducive to success; unpromising.|
Following this inauspicious start the British outnumbered withdrew.
|infelicitous||Marked by or producing unhappiness- American Guide Series.|
An infelicitous remark.
|misadventure||Death caused by a person accidentally while performing a legal act without negligence or intent to harm.|
The petty misdemeanours and misadventures of childhood.
|mischance||An unlucky occurrence.|
Innumerable mischances might ruin the enterprise.
|mishap||An unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate.|
The event passed without mishap.
|pathetic||Deserving or inciting pity- Galsworthy.|
It was a pathetic sight.
|piteous||Deserving or inciting pity.|
Piteous appeals for help.
|pitiable||Deserving or inciting pity.|
Pitiable homeless children.
|ruined||Destroyed physically or morally.|
A ruined castle.
|stillborn||Showing no signs of life at birth; not liveborn.|
One of the twins was stillborn.
|underprivileged||(of a person) not enjoying the same standard of living or rights as the majority of people in a society.|
Needy and underprivileged members of the community.
|unfortunate||Not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune.|
An unfortunate speech.
|unfruitful||Not producing good or helpful results; unproductive.|
The meeting was unfruitful.
|unfulfilled||Not having fully utilized or exploited one’s abilities or character.|
Unfulfilled and uneasy men.
|unlucky||Having or bringing misfortune.|
An unlucky defeat.
|unsatisfied||Worried and uneasy.|
The compromise left all sides unsatisfied.
|wretched||(of a person) in a very unhappy or unfortunate state.|
The wretched conditions of the slums.