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unsuccessfuladjective

uk   us   /ˌʌn.səkˈses.fəl/
B2 not ​achieving the ​hoped for ​result; not ​successful: They made several unsuccessful attempts to ​reach the men. His ​application was unsuccessful.

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unsuccessfully
adverb uk   us   /-i/
(Definition of unsuccessful from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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unsuccessfuladjective

 us   /ˌʌn·səkˈses·fəl/
not ​ending in ​success, or not ​achievingsuccess: After writing three unsuccessful ​plays, Miller ​finally had a ​hit.
unsuccessfully
adverb  us   /ˌʌn·səkˈses·fə·li/
Howard’s been unsuccessfully ​looking for an ​affordableapartment.
(Definition of unsuccessful from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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