sat·​is·​fac·​to·​ry | \ ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce satisfactory (audio) \

Definition of satisfactory

: giving satisfaction : adequate a satisfactory performance

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Other Words from satisfactory

satisfactorily \ ˌsa-​təs-​ˈfak-​t(ə-​)rə-​lē How to pronounce satisfactorily (audio) \ adverb
satisfactoriness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for satisfactory


agreeable, all right, alright, copacetic (also copasetic), ducky, fine, good, hunky-dory, jake [slang], OK (or okay), palatable


disagreeable, unsatisfactory

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Examples of satisfactory in a Sentence

The job requires a satisfactory level of performance. Results are less satisfactory than had been anticipated. He gave a satisfactory account of how the accident had happened. The movie was brought to a satisfactory close. His work has been satisfactory, but not outstanding.
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But other situations have had less satisfactory resolutions. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to," 17 Dec. 2018 Freestone’s former owner, who kept an economic interest in it, questioned Beaconsfield’s value but hasn’t received a satisfactory answer about it, according to the former owner’s Dallas attorney, Michael Gardner. Mark Maremont, WSJ, "SEC Charges Former Insurance Wunderkind With Fraud," 17 Oct. 2018 Despite the hectic pace of her current life, Baldwin seems to have found a satisfactory rhythm. Zoey Grossman; Fashion Editor: Miguel Enamorado, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey Baldwin Gets Candid About Fashion, Family, and Life In the Spotlight," 16 Oct. 2018 For the last few seasons Joseph, formerly a runway regular at London Fashion Week, had faded from the schedule into the painful purgatory of showroom presentations—and with no satisfactory rationale to explain the decline. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Lacoste Appoints Louise Trotter as Creative Director," 4 Oct. 2018 Nor are Republicans wrong in supposing that whatever the FBI does find is likely to be entirely satisfactory to either side. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Flake & Co. try to tame partisan wildfire," 28 Sep. 2018 No satisfactory evidence has yet been produced to show that immigration has resulted in an increase in crime disproportionate to the increase in adult population. German Lopez, Vox, "Trump: after Mollie Tibbetts’s murder, “we need the wall”," 23 Aug. 2018 At the same time, high profile technology companies have been circling the city’s center and finding nowhere satisfactory to land. Jennifer Van Grove,, "Will a Horton Plaza office campus change the character of downtown?," 15 June 2018 The Center for American Progress said in its report that such audits aren’t a satisfactory way to verify the results and recommenders switching to risk-limiting audits. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Are Tuesday's primaries safe from hackers? A state-by-state election security breakdown," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of satisfactory

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of satisfactory was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of satisfactory

: good enough for a particular purpose


sat·​is·​fac·​to·​ry | \ ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-tə-rē How to pronounce satisfactory (audio) \

Kids Definition of satisfactory

: good enough for a particular purpose : causing satisfaction satisfactory work

Other Words from satisfactory

satisfactorily \ -​rə-​lē \ adverb

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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