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

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Understanding physician burnout Burnout, characterized by emotional exhaustion, loss of identity and dissatisfaction with work accomplishments, is commonly measured by a tool called the Maslach Burnout Inventory. Sharona Hoffman, The Conversation, "Physician burnout: Why legal and regulatory systems may need to step in," 9 July 2019 And, as is to be expected, viewers have been taking to social media to express their love, hate, joy, passion, thirst, shock, and dissatisfaction about everything that's transpired in the third season of Stranger Things. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "These Stranger Things 3 Memes Will Completely Destroy You," 4 July 2019 Internet users were ready to jump on the opportunity to make fun of Li, as many have long harbored dissatisfaction over the company. Jane Li, Quartz, "After he was doused with water, Baidu’s CEO is the butt of China’s internet jokes," 4 July 2019 This, in turn, will add to the stress and dissatisfaction among those remaining. Olayinka Stephen Ilesanmi, Quartz Africa, "As Nigeria’s health infrastructure crumbles, doctors have become a key export," 3 July 2019 While insisting its target is the government and not the Iranian people, the Trump administration predicts that its goals cannot help but be enhanced by increased popular dissatisfaction with the leadership of the Islamic Republic. Washington Post, "‘I have lost hope for my life’: Iranians describe hardships as Trump expands sanctions," 1 July 2019 Eating Disorders and Body Image Support Groups: The Eating Disorders Resource Center offers free support groups to create a safe space for those struggling with eating disorders and body image dissatisfaction. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Cupertino/Sunnyvale calendar of events for the week of June 28," 28 June 2019 Sarri's neglect of Hudson-Odoi was a source of much discord amongst the Chelsea fanbase, although the player's dissatisfaction was seemingly quelled by an extended run in the team towards the tail end of the season. SI.com, "Bayern Munich Renew Interest in Callum Hudson-Odoi as Chelsea Contract Talks Continue," 28 June 2019 Rising dissatisfaction with crime on BART, fare evasion, and the perception of dirty train cars and stations threatens to marginalize the agency amid the other choices available to riders. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Violent crime on BART more than doubles in four years," 25 June 2019

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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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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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