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

c : vindication

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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This creates a sugar high of satisfaction - a false sensation of being on offense for once, rather than being on defense about some contrived controversy. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Hillary Clinton’s press secretary on why beating Trump in 2020 is harder than you think," 14 Nov. 2018 The nationwide survey was completed on Saturday and shows the highest levels of satisfaction with the state of the U.S. economy and with respondents’ own personal finances since the Clinton administration. James Freeman, WSJ, "Americans Aren’t Just Happy about the Economy," 5 Nov. 2018 Spotify removed its app from Roku products last December, citing a lack of satisfaction with that version of the software and promising to come back with something better. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Spotify returns to Roku devices starting today," 31 Oct. 2018 But there is definitely a certain amount of satisfaction in watching a woman use her power to fight back. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Watch This Badass Georgia Waitress Take Down a Man Who Groped Her at Work," 20 July 2018 Conventional notions of customer satisfaction are rarely broached. Laura Collado, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Constructing Albert,’ a Chef’s Ambition, Meticulously Plated," 5 July 2018 Many in the sellout Garden crowd of 19,763 were moving toward the exits and into a Manhattan bathed in sunshine and the glow of satisfaction that comes from the home team taking care of business. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "The Pacers have always been great at (almost) great seasons," 5 June 2018 In Sugar Land’s most recent Citizen Satisfaction Survey, police, fire and ambulance service received the highest level of satisfaction from residents at 94 percent. Houston Chronicle, "Police Chief Doug Brinkley named assistant city manager," 25 May 2018 Other surveys have found high approval for Trump’s handling of the economy, which historically is a good indicator of overall satisfaction with a president’s performance. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Trump’s rising popularity is bad news for Dems in California House races," 22 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'satisfaction.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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

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


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.



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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