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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The Croatian has expressed dissatisfaction over the minutes he was afforded last season and could look to engineer a move elsewhere in the summer if regular playing time cannot be guaranteed. SI.com, "Real Madrid Line Up Spain Attacker as They Brace Themselves for Kovacic Exit," 21 June 2018 Much of their dissatisfaction toward Jewish institutions, as well as their enthusiasm for speaking up, stems from a feeling that they were fed propaganda as kids. Abraham Riesman, Daily Intelligencer, "Can the young activists of IfNotNow change the conversation about Israel and the Palestinians, or will their contradictions hold them back?," 12 July 2018 In an exclusive interview, the comedic duo expressed their dissatisfaction with Viceland’s decision citing a hostile workload and being undervalued. Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Another Woman Comes Forward Accusing Russell Simmons Of Rape," 11 July 2018 Even those members who aren't fans of Ryan and have made no secret of their dissatisfaction with his leadership aren't willing to push him out now as the conference prepares to muddle its way through a messy immigration fight. Lauren Fox And Phil Mattingly, CNN, "Republicans rush to defend Ryan amid rebellion rumors," 22 May 2018 The Argentine has been publicly, and far from subtly, decreeing his dissatisfaction with a number of Spurs' systematic inhibitions. SI.com, "Why Pochettino Should Switch Make the Controversial Switch From Spurs to Chelsea This Summer," 17 May 2018 That message, along with voter dissatisfaction over the country’s murder epidemic and modest economic growth, has secured the leftist politician an average lead in polls of some 25 percentage points over his closest rival. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Mexicans Say They Will Vote for Change," 29 June 2018 The court then, led by Chief Justice Warren Burger, reasoned that dissenting employees could find other ways to show dissatisfaction with their unions while paying fair share fees. James Feigenbaum, Washington Post, "The Supreme Court just dealt unions a big blow in Janus. Here’s what you need to know about the political fallout.," 27 June 2018 Young’s background as record producer and recording artist validated a dissatisfaction that the earbuds packaged with his children's iPods ruined the sound quality of his own music. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Testify in Court for Beats Headphone Royalties Case," 21 June 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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