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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According to the study, those exposed to flowers had lower blood pressure and heart rate, lower ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue, and more positive feelings and higher satisfaction about their rooms than the patients without foliage. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Research Says Having Fresh Flowers in Your Home Can Actually Reduce Levels of Pain," 17 May 2019 In this sense, J.D. Power’s IQS is not reflective of quality, like the name implies, as much as consumer satisfaction. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "How James David Power III created the only car ranking company you’ve ever heard of.," 27 Nov. 2018 For [the Braves] in particular, having lost a couple times in the World Series, to get over that hump and win one was just satisfaction. Staff,, "New on SI TV: Tom Glavine Shuts Out the Indians to Clinch the 1995 World Series," 21 June 2018 Will the true privilege of high-wage work be the satisfaction of working with other (real) people, while low-wage workers increasingly interact with bots and screens? Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Service Workers Forced to Act Like Robots Meet Their Match," 8 May 2018 Global demand for beef is still strong, the US economy is humming, and consumer satisfaction is high, said Altin Kalo, at Steiner Consulting., "Hawaiian added to English on airline’s flights," 15 Apr. 2018 Young people have been encouraged by policymakers to borrow to go to university, and schooled by internet firms that satisfaction is only a click away. The Economist, "BagehotIt could happen in Britain," 8 Mar. 2018 But there is something about working with wood that gives the renowned artist the most satisfaction. Linda Jerkins, ajc, "Bowls, jewelry and sculpture Mother Nature would love," 20 Feb. 2018 Yes, writing a novel — you alone in a room with your own thoughts — might be the only way to get a maximal kind of satisfaction from your creative efforts. New York Times, "Jonathan Franzen Is Fine With All of It," 26 June 2018

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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
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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