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

Examples of dissatisfactory in a Sentence

this report is completely dissatisfactory on several counts
Recent Examples on the Web Life Decisions Can Change Decisions taken in the shadow of childhood experiences may result in dissatisfactory lives. Fatih Elibol, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2023 Set primarily in the South, Plattner’s vignettes provide intimate glimpses into a series of singular events that, when strung together, paint a larger picture of the melancholic and frequently dissatisfactory state of existing in the modern world. Leah Tyler, ajc, 30 May 2022 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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1610, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 18 Apr. 2024.

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dis·​sat·​is·​fac·​to·​ry -ˈfak-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce dissatisfactory (audio)
: causing dissatisfaction
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