dis·​sat·​is·​fac·​tion | \ (ˌ)di(s)-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce dissatisfaction (audio) \

Definition of dissatisfaction

: the quality or state of being dissatisfied : discontent

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Examples of dissatisfaction in a Sentence

There was widespread dissatisfaction with the President and his administration. a vague dissatisfaction with the state of their marriage, which seemed a little stale
Recent Examples on the Web Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher saw his team just miss the playoffs this past season, leading to plenty of dissatisfaction among Aggies. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Bob Bowlsby says CFP expansion will take time, but Steve Sarkisian, Jimbo Fisher agree playoff should expand," 27 Apr. 2021 For many physicians, after enduring numerous long and tiresome years in training to become experts in their medical field, spending time in front of a computer, and not in front of a patient, is a large source of dissatisfaction. Forbes, "Microsoft’s Acquisition Of Nuance Reaffirms Its Interest In Dominating The $11+ Trillion Healthcare Market," 20 Apr. 2021 The introduction sets high stakes, but the rest of the book chronicles more prosaic forms of dissatisfaction resulting from a lack of emotional intelligence: unemployment, divorce, depression, anxiety, drifting boredom. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "The Repressive Politics of Emotional Intelligence," 12 Apr. 2021 The recommendation, Harvey said, comes because investment advisers think the change will do a better job for the foundation, not because of dissatisfaction with the current managers. Amy Lavalley, chicagotribune.com, "Foundation adviser pushes changing 20% of financial managers: Fund reports 7.1% return for past 12 months," 23 Sep. 2020 Both regions are stocked with voters that often vote Republican but have been drifting from the GOP because of dissatisfaction with the president’s pugilistic style and provocative tweets. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Republicans fear Kenosha violence won’t help Trump best Biden in Wisconsin," 1 Sep. 2020 Newsom say government overreach has led to dissatisfaction with his leadership. Meg Cunningham, ABC News, "Why are some Californians trying to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom and how does the process work?," 27 Apr. 2021 An overwhelming majority expressed dissatisfaction with the job Congress is doing. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Democrat-controlled Congress unpopular with overwhelming majority of voters: Poll," 18 Apr. 2021 Yet nationwide, many workers were shrugging off anti-union sentiments to express their dissatisfaction with the company. New York Times, "Amazon’s Great Labor Awakening," 18 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of dissatisfaction

circa 1610, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dissatisfaction was circa 1610

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14 May 2021

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“Dissatisfaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissatisfaction. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dissatisfaction

: a feeling of unhappiness or disapproval


dis·​sat·​is·​fac·​tion | \ di-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce dissatisfaction (audio) \

Kids Definition of dissatisfaction

: a feeling of unhappiness or disapproval

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