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

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 Since then, however, Mr. Erdogan has expressed dissatisfaction with how the two applicants were putting the agreement into practice, again raising uncertainty about Turkey’s willingness to grant final membership approval. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 The new format, however, appeared to draw criticism from fans who expressed their dissatisfaction online. Shafiq Najib, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2022 The accusations surfaced shortly after Watson had expressed dissatisfaction with his original team, the Houston Texans, demanding a trade. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2022 Like Portugal, some expats expressed dissatisfaction with personal career opportunities. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Some users also pointed out that other actors have expressed dissatisfaction with past roles and not received backlash for it. al, 14 July 2022 At the time, his relatives expressed dissatisfaction with the Biden administration's efforts to bring him home. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, 13 July 2022 At least two members of the Little Rock City Board of Directors have expressed dissatisfaction and heard from constituents who are dissatisfied with how the department is releasing information to the public. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 5 June 2022 Passengers expressed dissatisfaction with the flight crews and aircraft—and the ongoing suspension of alcohol service in premium classes was a big sore point. Chris Morris, Fortune, 11 May 2022 See More

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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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6 Aug 2022

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“Dissatisfaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissatisfaction. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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