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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It is backed by a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. Nicole Forsyth, The Mercury News, "Dollars and Pets: Paw, nose and ear protection," 5 Sep. 2019 Some political opponents, however, voiced satisfaction that the ruling party lost the potential electoral boost only six weeks ahead of Oct. 13 parliamentary elections. Vanessa Gera, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump cancels Poland trip because of hurricane," 30 Aug. 2019 According to a study released last week, Ikea's cabinet system, SEKTION, rank highest in overall satisfaction for kitchen cabinets, with a score of 857. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "These Are the Top-Rated Kitchen Cabinets You Can Buy," 29 Aug. 2019 Research has shown that this approach leads to greater satisfaction for patients and doctors, improved patient outcomes, and increased compliance with treatment. Maria Danilova, Harper's magazine, "Alternative Medicine," 28 Aug. 2019 One is local: The City of St. Paul released a study done by researchers at the University of Minnesota to ascertain citizen satisfaction with the current system of plowing snow in allies. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Surveys are harder, more complicated than people think," 25 Aug. 2019 But then the show has these moments of unexpected weight and emotional satisfaction. Vogue, "Ben Platt on His Next Act: A Star Turn in Ryan Murphy's The Politician," 20 Aug. 2019 Some people just love that satisfaction of taking an animal who’s shut down and bringing them a new life. Daisy Melamed Sanders, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know Before Adopting a Dog," 15 Aug. 2019 But as the first week of our blended family came to a close, Leka’s satisfaction with this new arrangement dissipated. Kathryn Miles, Outside Online, "How to Introduce Your New Dog to Your Old Dog," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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