dissatisfactory

adjective
dis·​sat·​is·​fac·​to·​ry | \ (ˌ)di(s)-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce dissatisfactory (audio) \

Definition of dissatisfactory

: causing dissatisfaction

Examples of dissatisfactory in a Sentence

this report is completely dissatisfactory on several counts
Recent Examples on the Web In ThedaCare’s case, an attorney described dissatisfactory management and positions in which employees had been chronically underpaid. Molly Osberg, The New Republic, 25 Jan. 2022 Inter Miami fell to CF Montreal 2-0 in their third game at DRV PNK Stadium this season thanks to a first-half performance coach Phil Neville said was dissatisfactory. Khobi Price, sun-sentinel.com, 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of dissatisfactory

circa 1610, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dissatisfactory was circa 1610

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“Dissatisfactory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissatisfactory. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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