His application was unsuccessful.
- Her bid for re-election was unsuccessful.
- Attempts to trace the whereabouts of a man seen leaving the scene of the crime have so far been unsuccessful.
- Our firm stands to lose a lot of money if the deal is unsuccessful.
- We are sorry to inform you that your application has been unsuccessful.
- We have been unsuccessful in finding a replacement.
Thesaurus: synonyms and related words
adverb uk /ˌʌn.səkˈses.fəl.i/ us /ˌʌn.səkˈses.fəl.i/