An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (not successful)
a. infructuoso
He gave up politics after his recent unsuccessful attempt at getting elected.Renunció a la política después de su reciente tentativa infructuosa de ser elegido.
b. fallido
Their unsuccessul attack on the enemy's territory resulted in defeat.Su ataque fallido al territorio enemigo resultó en una derrota.
c. fracasado (person)
He was an unsuccessful journalist, so he started writing for the tabloids.Era un periodista fracasado, así que empezó a escribir para los diarios sensacionalistas.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (person)
a. fracasado(a)
2. (attempt, project)
a. fallido(a)
to be unsuccessfulno tener éxito
unsuccessful [ˈʌnsəkˈsesfʊl]
[+attempt, effort] inútil; infructuoso; [+appeal, search, job application] infructuoso
it will be an unsuccessful business
he embarked on an unsuccessful business venture se embarcó en un negocio que no tuvo éxito or que fracasó; an unsuccessful writer un escritor que no consiguió el éxito; un escritor fracasado
to be unsuccessful no tener éxito; fracasar
he tried to revive her but was unsuccessful
their marriage was unsuccessful el matrimonio fracasó; we regret to inform you that your application for the post has been unsuccessful lamentamos informarle que no ha sido seleccionado para el puesto de trabajo solicitado
after several unsuccessful attempts he managed to start the car they deployed 50,000 police and troops in an unsuccessful attempt to enforce a ban on demonstrations after an unsuccessful effort at meditation I gave up it ended 19 frustrating years of unsuccessful effort to desegregate the schools he has been trying to win more time for his, so far, unsuccessful efforts to strike a compromise described her frustrating and unsuccessful effort to find affordable, long-term care for her aging mother they served side by side with British forces in unsuccessful efforts to defend Malaysia and Singapore a series of unsuccesful job applications
they were unsuccessful in their efforts to reach an agreement fracasaron en sus esfuerzos por llegar a un acuerdo
to be unsuccessful in (doing) sth: he was unsuccessful in getting a job no consiguió or logró encontrar trabajo
a search for the weapon proved unsuccessful la búsqueda del arma resultó ser infructuosa
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