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

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The result is widespread dissatisfaction and a belief that some communities are being favored over others. Zoe Cormack, Quartz Africa, "Kenya’s huge wind power project might be great for the environment but not for local communities," 3 Sep. 2019 As for Dow Jones, the publisher obtained a $3.4 million settlement, but the amicus brief reveals more details about what happened and its dissatisfaction with the result. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Wall Street Journal Publisher Tells Supreme Court of Being Victimized by California," 14 Aug. 2019 This of course comes at a time when the people of Hong Kong have been taking to the streets to assert their dissatisfaction with China’s control over them. Nikhil Sonnad, Quartz, "Versace is the latest major brand to express its “deepest apologies” to China," 11 Aug. 2019 The owner of the toilet expressed dissatisfaction with how it had been cleaned. National Geographic, "They perform an essential health service—in secret," 17 June 2019 Russians in other cities, including St. Petersburg, also joined in on the demonstrations, a sign that the unrest and dissatisfaction may extend beyond Moscow. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The pro-democracy protests rocking Moscow, explained," 13 Aug. 2019 Given this growing dissatisfaction and Ireland’s heavy economic ties to the U.K., the negative impact of a no-deal Brexit could force Varadkar and the EU’s hands over the backstop. Chris Gavin, National Review, "Can the U.S. Help the Post-Brexit U.K.?," 13 Aug. 2019 While the mayor has no enforcement power over the refugee issue, his campaign picked up on growing public dissatisfaction. Gul Tuysuz, CNN, "Turkey is turning its back on Syrians fleeing war," 7 Aug. 2019 Subscribers to the monthly unlimited subscription service have in recent weeks reported dissatisfaction with clothing availability and customer service, while the company has also faced trouble with its technology systems. Fortune, "Presidential Candidates Ditch the ‘Glass Ceiling’: The Broadsheet," 24 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce dissatisfaction (audio) \

Kids Definition of dissatisfaction

: a feeling of unhappiness or disapproval

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