Synonyms of 'unsuccessful'
not achieving successa second unsuccessful operation on his knee
He realised that their money was useless in this country.
Reform will continue to be painful and ineffective.
They worked all night in a vain attempt to finish on schedule.
a futile attempt to ward off the blow
It was a fruitless search.
They are aware much of their time and effort is unproductive.
an abortive attempt to prevent him from taking office
a brave but unavailing fight against a terminal illness
The unsuccessful competitors left with nothing.
Argentina's unlucky defeat by Ireland
He'll be disinclined to treat a defeated enemy with leniency.
charity days to raise money for unfortunate people
the hapless victim struggled helplessly
the luckless parent of an extremely difficult child
an ill-starred attempt to create jobs in a deprived area
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in the sense of abortive
failing to achieve its purposean abortive attempt to prevent him from taking office
in the sense of bootless
of little or no use
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