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

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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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Voters evaluate a slew of everyday items—like dish detergent and paper towels—and rate them on a list of criteria such as: appeal, advocacy, satisfaction, uniqueness, and excitement. Rachel Jacoby, Woman's Day, "40,000 People Swear By These 36 Home Products," 8 Feb. 2019 As if new MatteTrance bullets wouldn't provide enough lipstick satisfaction, Pat McGrath Labs is launching an entirely new kind of lipstick called BlitzTrance. Marci Robin, Allure, "Pat McGrath Labs' Holiday Collection Features Three New Eye Palettes and a New Lipstick in Eight Shades," 13 Oct. 2018 The question of whether Ms. Peterson’s death was the result of a murder or a horrible accident is unlikely to ever be settled to the satisfaction of everyone connected to the case. Maureen Ryan, New York Times, "‘The Staircase’ on Netflix Revisits a Genre-Defining Trial," 7 June 2018 Busch's attorney, Evan Marshall, could only say that the matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Michael Ovitz, Anita Busch Settle Pellicano Dispute Ahead of Trial," 29 Jan. 2018 Thus, a legislative scheme to bar the president from removing the special counsel absent a cause proved to the satisfaction of a federal court would be blatantly unconstitutional. The Editors, National Review, "Congress Shouldn’t ‘Protect’ Mueller," 29 Jan. 2018 To the satisfaction of the CDC, and on the ground health workers like Faisal Shuaib, every aspect of the polio eradication campaign in Nigeria has now been successfully and efficiently introduced to contain Ebola. Karen Bartlett, Newsweek, "Eradicating the Last 1% of Polio Is Deadly but Essential," 28 Nov. 2014 Neither was there a difference in patient satisfaction between male and female providers. Mary Bernard, Philly.com, "Will that tattoo hurt you professionally? Not if you're a doctor, study finds," 9 July 2018 Both fast food restaurants have stayed consistent as top performing chains in customer satisfaction. Dixita Limbachia, USA TODAY, "This fast-food chain has diners clucking in new quality survey," 5 July 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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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

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