satisfaction

noun
sat·​is·​fac·​tion | \ ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-shən \

Definition of satisfaction

1a : the payment through penance of the temporal punishment incurred by a sin
b : reparation for sin that meets the demands of divine justice
2a : fulfillment of a need or want
b : the quality or state of being satisfied : contentment
c : a source or means of enjoyment : gratification
3a : compensation for a loss or injury : atonement, restitution
b : the discharge of a legal obligation or claim
4 : convinced assurance or certainty proved to the satisfaction of the court

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Examples of satisfaction in a Sentence

He gets great satisfaction from volunteering. the satisfaction of a job well done There is some satisfaction in knowing I was right. She finds a certain satisfaction in helping others. the satisfaction of his deep craving for love I complained to the manager about the poor service but did not get any satisfaction.
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Still, for an environmentally conscious business traveler, the time savings of supersonic flight could come with a bonus dash of self-satisfaction. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Supersonic Airliners Are About to Take Off. Again.," 7 Jan. 2019 According to a 2017 study of social class and purchase satisfaction, those in lower socioeconomic classes gain more happiness from material purchases than experiential purchases. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Black Friday, explained by 4 social media “hot takes”," 23 Nov. 2018 The Sixers, however, get the satisfaction of posting a season to build upon. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers' magical season ended by Celtics in NBA playoffs," 10 May 2018 People get great satisfaction out of watching the process. Julie A. Short/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "NR Community Garden project accepting applications: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 29 Mar. 2018 To stop branch workers from cheating to meet sales targets, Sloan ditched the goals and changed how bonuses are paid to employees, emphasizing teamwork, customer satisfaction, and growth in total deposits, loans, and investments. Bloomberg.com, "Fed Chair Jerome Powell Testifies to Congress," 1 Mar. 2018 Most of us can admit to getting a strange satisfaction from gazing at deserted places, in all their dusty, run-down and eerie glory. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "If You Love Abandoned Places, This Photo Series By Seph Lawless Will Steal Your Heart," 18 Nov. 2016 There is some personal satisfaction in doing right by ourselves as well as our grandchildren. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Can consumer choices ward off the worst effects of climate change? An expert explains.," 12 Oct. 2018 Or, maybe there is great satisfaction in excelling at a job, providing for your family and not burdening your partner. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Irked wife works OT while hubby pursues his passion(s)," 8 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of satisfaction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for satisfaction

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin satisfaction-, satisfactio, from Latin, reparation, amends, from satisfacere to satisfy

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satisfaction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of satisfaction

: a happy or pleased feeling because of something that you did or something that happened to you
: the act of providing what is needed or desired : the act of satisfying a need or desire
formal : a result that deals with a problem or complaint in an acceptable way

satisfaction

noun
sat·​is·​fac·​tion | \ ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-shən \

Kids Definition of satisfaction

1 : a feeling of happiness or content with something : the condition of being satisfied In expressing her satisfaction at gaining a new daughter, she nearly suffocated me.— Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted
2 : something that makes a person happy, pleased, or content Helping others has been one of the greatest satisfactions in my life.

satisfaction

noun
sat·​is·​fac·​tion

Legal Definition of satisfaction

1a : the act or fact of satisfying
b : execution of an accord by performance of the substituted obligation often used in the phrase accord and satisfaction — compare accord sense 3, transaction sense 3
c : a document indicating that an obligation has been satisfied a satisfaction of mortgage
2 : the quality or state of being satisfied

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