adjective \ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-t(ə-)rē\

: good enough for a particular purpose

Full Definition of SATISFACTORY

:  giving satisfaction :  adequate <a satisfactory performance>
sat·is·fac·to·ri·ly \-t(ə-)rə-lē\ adverb
sat·is·fac·to·ri·ness noun


  1. The job requires a satisfactory level of performance.
  2. Results are less satisfactory than had been anticipated.
  3. He gave a satisfactory account of how the accident had happened.
  4. The movie was brought to a satisfactory close.
  5. His work has been satisfactory, but not outstanding.

First Known Use of SATISFACTORY

15th century


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