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