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 Others expressed dissatisfaction with their orders after waiting two to three hours for their orders. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "‘I want my money refunded’: Red Lobster CEO apologizes for Mother’s Day mayhem at restaurants," 11 May 2020 Attorneys for the Bullitt County church and its pastor, Jack Roberts, expressed dissatisfaction in a Thursday filing with how quickly U.S. District Judge David Hale is considering their suit over Beshear's order amid the coronavirus pandemic. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky church asks federal appeals court to block Beshear's ban on in-person worship," 2 May 2020 This means the president — who is now at least paying lip service to staying at home, recently expressing dissatisfaction with the Georgia governor’s decision to partially reopen — is tacitly supporting this mayhem. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "There’s Nothing Pro-Life About Letting People Die From Coronavirus," 24 Apr. 2020 There has been dissatisfaction with the Iranian regime after about 1,500 demonstrators were killed during protests in November. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Some troops deployed amid Iran tensions return home," 20 Feb. 2020 Instead, Martin says, to tactfully communication to management/ownership your dissatisfaction, so that problem can be corrected. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "How much should I tip during coronavirus?," 20 Apr. 2020 But activists in many of these hotbeds of public dissatisfaction, as well as experts studying the global phenomenon, say the quiet does not mean the movements have died out. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Coronavirus gives some protesters new mission: Preserving life," 10 Apr. 2020 So there’s a dissatisfaction, and that’s when people become engaged. María Méndez, Dallas News, "Democrats beat Republicans in statewide, North Texas primary turnout," 7 Mar. 2020 And Sprint users have the highest level of dissatisfaction while T-Mobile users have the lowest. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "Fortune poll: Many Americans are uneasy about the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint," 12 Feb. 2020

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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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31 May 2020

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“Dissatisfaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissatisfaction. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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