noun sat·is·fac·tion \ ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-shən \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

Definition of satisfaction

1 a : the payment through penance of the temporal punishment incurred by a sin
b : reparation for sin that meets the demands of divine justice
2 a : fulfillment of a need or want
b : the quality or state of being satisfied : contentment
c : a source or means of enjoyment : gratification
3 a : 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

  1. He gets great satisfaction from volunteering.

  2. the satisfaction of a job well done

  3. There is some satisfaction in knowing I was right.

  4. She finds a certain satisfaction in helping others.

  5. the satisfaction of his deep craving for love

  6. I complained to the manager about the poor service but did not get any satisfaction.

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Origin and Etymology of satisfaction

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin satisfaction-, satisfactio, from Latin, reparation, amends, from satisfacere to satisfy

SATISFACTION Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of satisfaction for English Language Learners

  • : 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

SATISFACTION Defined for Kids


noun sat·is·fac·tion \ ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-shən \

Definition of satisfaction for Students

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.

Law Dictionary


noun sat·is·fac·tion

legal Definition of satisfaction

1 a : 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 3, transaction 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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