satisfaction

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Cable operators may have consistently poor customer-satisfaction scores, but these new wireless options can offer exceptional bargains. Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY, "Should you let your cable company sell you wireless service, too?," 29 June 2019 The company then follows the hospital’s patient satisfaction score for a year. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Health doctor launches company to help hospital improve patient experience," 28 June 2019 AirHelp publishes airport satisfaction scores, which factor in average transit times. Christopher Elliott, Washington Post, "An insider’s guide to airport transit times," 27 June 2019 Mobile network operators have significantly lowest satisfaction scores of the three options, with a 73 overall. NBC News, "America's favorite (and least favorite) wireless companies and smartphones," 4 June 2019 This form of mentoring has shown a dramatic increase in satisfaction scores. Prasanna Krishnamoorthy, Quartz India, "What startup mentors can learn from family doctors," 31 May 2019 As patient satisfaction scores decline, management just keeps telling us to improve our customer service, but that is impossible with the current system. Marie G. Mcintyre, The Seattle Times, "Struggling in the chaotic, stressful health-care workplace," 21 Nov. 2018 And, apparently, for customers: Cook cited a 98 percent satisfaction score. Dan Frommer, Recode, "Apple got us to spend more money on iPhones — and that’s driving most of Apple’s growth," 1 Aug. 2018 Our employee morale went off the charts and our patient-satisfaction scores were up and going higher. Alice Adams, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Chronicle recognizes Top 15 Nurses for excellence, dedication," 2 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.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about satisfaction

Statistics for satisfaction

Last Updated

15 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for satisfaction

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for satisfaction

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 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.

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on satisfaction

What made you want to look up satisfaction? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

providing supplementary assistance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!