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

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 And finally, a new survey reveals that customer satisfaction among US air passengers is declining across the board, from ticket cost to flight crew performance. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 14 May 2022 Today, brands seem more willing than ever to search for smart solutions to streamline processes and improve customer satisfaction. Slava Podmurnyi, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The Hyundai brand has been addressing customer satisfaction challenges among its nationwide dealer network for a while, but LeBlanc's Sterling Hyundai is rated 4.5 stars on Facebook and 4.7 on Google. Car and Driver, 10 Apr. 2022 The Business Intelligence Landscape, a new report commissioned by Sisense, an A.I.-driven analytics platform, found 86% of product decision-makers said offering data and analytics is vital for customer satisfaction and loyalty. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 24 Jan. 2022 This cuts into customer satisfaction and the bottom line. Susan Dunne,, 28 Dec. 2021 All in all, these small seeds can have a surprisingly big effect on your satisfaction. Marygrace Taylor, SELF, 30 Apr. 2022 Many report that the pandemic has changed their satisfaction with certain aspects of their lives. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, 26 Apr. 2022 Be sure to communicate your satisfaction with the job and the organization. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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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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