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

Definition of satisfaction

  1. 1a :  the payment through penance of the temporal punishment incurred by a sinb :  reparation for sin that meets the demands of divine justice

  2. 2a :  fulfillment of a need or wantb :  the quality or state of being satisfied :  contentmentc :  a source or means of enjoyment :  gratification

  3. 3a :  compensation for a loss or injury :  atonement, restitutionb :  the discharge of a legal obligation or claimc :  vindication

  4. 4 :  convinced assurance or certainty proved to the satisfaction of the court

Examples of satisfaction in a sentence

  1. He gets great satisfaction from volunteering.

  2. the satisfaction of a job well done

  3. There is some satisfaction in knowing I was right.

  4. She finds a certain satisfaction in helping others.

  5. the satisfaction of his deep craving for love

  6. I complained to the manager about the poor service but did not get any satisfaction.

Origin and Etymology of satisfaction

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

First Known Use: 14th century

SATISFACTION Defined for English Language Learners


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

Definition of satisfaction for English Language Learners

  • : 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

  • : a result that deals with a problem or complaint in an acceptable way

SATISFACTION Defined for Kids


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

Definition of satisfaction for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  something that makes a person happy, pleased, or content Helping others has been one of the greatest satisfactions in my life.

Law Dictionary


noun sat·is·fac·tion

Legal Definition of satisfaction

  1. 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 3, transaction 3 c :  a document indicating that an obligation has been satisfied a satisfaction of mortgage

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being satisfied

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