sat·​is·​fac·​tion | \ ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce satisfaction (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web But that's not happening to the satisfaction of anyone at the state or local level. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Restrictions expanded near former Wurtsmith air base after PFAS found in most wildlife," 28 May 2020 There were few substantive reasons for that decision, other than Trump not wanting to give Democrats the satisfaction of knowing he was concerned. Zeke Miller, The Denver Post, "Inside impeachment: How an “urgent” tip became “high crimes”," 22 Dec. 2019 Doctors compare it to a car without brakes because the part of the brain that processes emotions and feelings of pain and registers the satisfaction of feeling good is fully developed., "She was prostituting, pregnant, doing drugs by 14. Now, Taylor girl fights to save her own life.," 1 Nov. 2019 The Giants may never have the satisfaction of winning a game in which 25 players contributed to the cause in the future, but that’s good news for managers, players and most of all, the fans. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants will never play another game like their 15-inning win at Fenway Park," 18 Sep. 2019 But the satisfactions of these puzzles are as basic and primal as an explosion in a Michael Bay movie. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Exuberantly silly ‘Angry Birds Movie 2' flies higher than the first," 15 Aug. 2019 For the audience, part of the satisfaction of it all is in the sleuthing: fan fiction, in reverse. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Paranoid Style in American Entertainment," 14 May 2020 The Kindness Countdown has brought Schultz a side of fame with the satisfaction of doing good. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Even the coronavirus pandemic can't stop this Cedarburg woman's Kindness Countdown," 12 May 2020 While the world permits sufferers to be chosen, something beyond their agony is earned, something even beyond the satisfaction of the world’s needs and desires. Philip Bobbitt, Time, "We Have to Decide Who Suffers Most in a Pandemic. That's Complicated," 5 May 2020

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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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The first known use of satisfaction was in the 14th century

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2 Jun 2020

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“Satisfaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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


sat·​is·​fac·​tion | \ ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce satisfaction (audio) \

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.



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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