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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On Sunday, Trump tweeted his dissatisfaction with the caravans in Mexico. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "U.S. Border Patrol Agents Used Tear Gas to Disperse Hundreds of People in the Migrant Caravan," 26 Nov. 2018 Multiple veteran groups expressed dissatisfaction with the White House’s decision, issuing statements urging to reverse the action. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Republican Senator says McCain's legacy critics 'deserve a whippin'," 28 Aug. 2018 Democrats came surging into the year with high expectations fueled by dissatisfaction with, in some cases hatred of, President Donald Trump. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Will San Diego be the 'blue wave' canary in a coal mine?," 3 June 2018 Uber has also increased ride price in several U.S. markets due to rising gas prices and driver dissatisfaction. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Uber Is Testing Longer Waits for Lower Fares," 19 June 2018 Meanwhile, dissatisfaction over Hutson is running so high that the nursing leadership at the Cincinnati VA sent a letter to regional director Robert McDivitt. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati VA turmoil: 3 patients sent elsewhere when surgery department closed for 4 days," 11 June 2018 In the weeks leading up to the show, many fashion insiders, including models like Kendall Jenner, who walked in the show, have highlighted their support for the trans community and dissatisfaction with Victoria's Secret's lack of inclusivity. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Halsey Responds to Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Controversy," 3 Dec. 2018 The department’s own inspector general voiced dissatisfaction that the information is being kept from the American people. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "New Hope for the Truth of 2016?," 16 Nov. 2018 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

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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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