dis·​sat·​is·​fac·​tion | \(ˌ)di(s)-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-shən \

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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But the rancor of the fanbase should be less of a concern to Kapler and Co. than the dissatisfaction of his own players. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Do the Phillies really have enough at-bats to go around Gabe Kapler's lineup? | David Murphy," 6 Apr. 2018 Senior Democratic sources say their polling shows voters are now blaming their dissatisfaction with health care on the party that controls the House, Senate and White House rather than the party that implemented the Affordable Care Act. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "A good offense may be best defense for House GOP," 25 June 2018 Democrats hope voter dissatisfaction with President Trump in a state that has been trending blue will help them flip several seats held by Republicans in November. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "Virginia voters go to the polls to nominate Rep. Comstock challenger, GOP Senate hopeful," 12 June 2018 These changes will likely mean a decline in job security and standards of living for many, which in turn could lead to political dissatisfaction. James Vincent, The Verge, "Economists worry we aren’t prepared for the fallout from automation," 2 July 2018 The rise of the antiwar movement as a mass movement can be traced to dissatisfaction among many Democratic partisans with the presidency of George W. Bush. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Dems are unified on immigration now. Will they still be when Trump is gone?," 20 June 2018 Unresponsive call centers and costly bundles added to the dissatisfaction. Cindy Atoji Keene, BostonGlobe.com, "She’s pulling the plug on the ‘cable guy’ stereotype," 1 June 2018 Driver earnings and work conditions have long been a point of contention for ride-hailing companies, with a growing chorus of drivers expressing dissatisfaction with declining pay and a lack of control over their fares. Tracey Lien, latimes.com, "Most Uber and Lyft drivers in L.A. work full time and still struggle to make ends meet, study says," 30 May 2018 South African media outlets say some unrest is linked to local dissatisfaction over an alleged lack of government services. Fox News, "South African workers criticize Ramaphosa in protest," 25 Apr. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of dissatisfaction

: a feeling of unhappiness or disapproval

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