unsuccessful person


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n unsuccessful person a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
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In literature:

Never associate with unsuccessful persons.
"Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo" by William Le Queux
A successful autocrat is quite a different person from an unsuccessful one.
"A Short History of Russia" by Mary Platt Parmele
He made in person but one expedition against them, and that expedition was both insignificant and unsuccessful.
"Historical and Political Essays" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
With all of his personal prowess, he was an unsuccessful administrator.
"South American Fights and Fighters" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Bonaparte's personal letter to the Emperor was, as the writer doubtless foresaw it would be, equally unsuccessful.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Thus ended Mac-Mahon's unsuccessful attempt to exert his personal power.
"A History of the Third French Republic" by C. H. C. Wright
This person was a barrister, decayed and unsuccessful; he lived in a garret in Gray's Inn.
"The Ivory Gate, a new edition" by Walter Besant
But his efforts were unsuccessful, though he made a personal visit to Rome.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 3" by Various

In news:

The socialist movement in America, having been small and unsuccessful, had to combine the two images into one, in the person of Norman Thomas.
Unsuccessful Medicaid applicants aren't entitled to in-person hearing.
The Mets were unsuccessful in their attempts to shop Ramon Castro this offseason, but they still remain very interested in Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, according to a person familiar with the team's thinking.

In science:

From a physics perspective, these ideas are very attractive, but as an astronomer, I personally hope that their application here turns out to be unsuccessful because if they are right, they give us little hope for using variability for understanding how black holes accrete.
Probing the Physics of AGN: A Summary