I've thought of achiever, but I need an adjective. For example: Todd has many achievements; he is ___________.

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    'prolific' would require a noun to modify. a 'prolific career' would suggest many career accomplishments but a "prolific person" could be taken to suggest he had a lot of children. If you had a specific sentence or context where you'd use the adjective it might improve the odds of a good answer being there.
    – Tom22
    Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 0:51
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    prolific seems to connote a high quantity of output and not necessarily related to achievements.
    – Jim
    Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 1:06
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    Psychologists call them high achievers : psychologytoday.com/blog/youre-hired/201110/…
    – Jim
    Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 1:07

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"Accomplished" may be a good fit. It means either having achieved in many different things, or having mastered a particular body of knowledge.

A "Renaissance Man" is one who excells in many different things. Thomas Jefferson was a Renaissance Man: Statesman, botanist, vintner, writer.

Ella Fitzgerald was an accomplished musician. She performed masterfully for many years, solo and with other singers, in person and in the recording studio.


Prolific would work in many contexts ... the words and paragraph around it would tip people off I would hope.

with your example: Todd has many achievements; he is ___prolific________.

Definition of prolific

1 : producing young or fruit especially freely : fruitful

2 archaic : causing abundant growth, generation, or reproduction

3 : marked by abundant inventiveness or productivity

a prolific composer

  • Prolific means they do a lot; it doesn't say anything about quality or achievement.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Jun 12 at 18:49

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