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

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

c : vindication

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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The satisfaction, rather, is in seeing things play out with a lot of refreshingly democratic give-and-take. Michael Phillips,, "'Uncle Drew': Lil Rel Howery coaches NBA all-stars to surprising win," 26 June 2018 And the satisfaction of reaching the point where his name can be mentioned in the same sentences as Penske and Ganassi and Andretti weekly, not just when their cars are lapping his. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thirty-five years into his 'big climb,' Dale Coyne is closer to the peak than ever," 23 June 2018 Increasing numbers of Cleveland Clinic patients participate in shared appointments each year, and internal surveys suggest a high level of patient satisfaction, particularly in access to care. Suzanne Allard Levingston, Washington Post, "Going to the doctor in a group means better health for some patients," 2 June 2018 Hitting a major goal or completing a long-term project brings with it a tremendous sense of satisfaction, as well as an almost inevitable letdown. Daniel J. Green /, NBC News, "I hit my fitness goal, then fell off track. Now what?," 25 May 2018 The survey contained questions to measure body satisfaction, mood and appearance management behaviors. Jessica Ridgway Clayton, Scientific American, "What You See in a 3-D Scan of Yourself Could Be Upsetting," 22 May 2018 JPMorgan Chase and other large U.S. banks are using technology to rapidly grow their digital-only customers, but that growth is costing the banks in customer satisfaction, a new study shows. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Why online banking customers aren't happy," 1 May 2018 The letter lays out the principles that have defined Amazon’s unprecedented success: a company devoted to customer satisfaction, long-term goals, and, above all else, relentless growth. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "This Is the Most Important Number in Business," 20 Apr. 2018 Raw fruit and vegetable consumption predicted lower levels of depression and improved levels of psychological well-being, the authors wrote, including positive mood, life satisfaction, and flourishing. Amanda Macmillan,, "These 10 Fruits and Veggies Are Linked to Better Mental Health—Especially If You Eat Them Raw," 17 Apr. 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

: a result that deals with a problem or complaint in an acceptable way


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

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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