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 In the meantime, there’s no denying the satisfaction of seeing a bully finally being brought to account. Washington Post, "Scott Rudin’s bad behavior was just another Hollywood cliche until a new generation said time’s up," 18 Apr. 2021 But Madoff never explained himself to the satisfaction of government investigators, or attorneys and forensic accountants digging through the wreckage of his firm, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities. Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times, "Bernie Madoff, notorious financier who pulled off history’s biggest swindle, dies at 82," 14 Apr. 2021 The satisfaction of finishing a solid round soon turned into anxiety and nerves, however. Pat Stoetzer,, "Jennifer Sorkin sets record, helps Westminster win Carroll County golf tournament title," 11 Apr. 2021 Annual surveys are useful for gaining a more comprehensive insight into the satisfaction of your employees, but a token employee voice initiative rolled out once a year really isn’t often enough. Johnny Warström, Forbes, "The Effects Of The Pandemic Mean That Employee Voice Has Never Been More Important.," 8 Apr. 2021 In a bid to increase the satisfaction of municipal government employees— many of whom commute from Copenhagen, roughly fifty miles away— the town reduced their workweek to Monday through Thursday in 2019. Lisa Abend, Time, "Spain Is Going to Trial a 4-Day Work Week. Could the Idea Go Mainstream Post-Pandemic?," 22 Mar. 2021 For the couple, the satisfaction of their work comes from shining a spotlight on places in the world that some people have never heard of. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, "What does resilience sound like? One couple searches the world to find out.," 10 Mar. 2021 However, for the home barista who wants control over the espresso-brewing process and the satisfaction of creating a smooth, full-bodied and flavorful espresso, a semi-automatic machine may be the perfect solution. Jeff Harper,, "Calphalon Temp iQ Espresso Machine vs. Breville Barista Express," 6 Mar. 2021 This toaster oven gives you the satisfaction of quick, easy cooking without sacrificing your aesthetic. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Toaster Ovens Do More," 2 Mar. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Satisfaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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