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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web For some, no words — written or spoken — in Jackson’s multiple apologies could convey satisfactory sincerity and contrition. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic social media posts provide painful yet important lesson for all of us," 11 July 2020 Love suffered two broken legs, a broken arm and internal injuries, and was in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center as of Wednesday. Mike Carter, Anchorage Daily News, "As driver is charged in Summer Taylor’s death, family remembers activist’s dedication to justice," 10 July 2020 For a school as large and as wealthy as Texas, eight wins is not a satisfactory bar. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, "Texas coach Tom Herman ranked among top 10 hottest seats in college football," 9 July 2020 Anthony Fauci said the number of cases had never reached a satisfactory baseline before the current resurgence, which officials have warned risks overwhelming hospitals in the South and West. CBS News, "Fauci warns U.S. is "knee-deep" in coronavirus first wave," 7 July 2020 Chamber of Deputies President Roberto Fico told Italian state TV on Friday that lack of satisfactory cooperation from Egyptian prosecutors in solving the 2016 killing of Giulio Regeni amounted to a ‘’punch in the face″ of Italy. Washington Post, "Italy slams Egypt’s stance on killing as ‘punch in the face’," 3 July 2020 Drinking from a straw was hardly more satisfactory. Scientific American, "Baby Bottles Are the Best Way to Drink in Space," 1 July 2020 Henry Kissinger’s question has never found a satisfactory answer, but a literalist might turn to the press room of the Berlaymont building in Brussels. The Economist, "Charlemagne The enduring influence of Kraftwerk," 16 May 2020 Just then, the tourist comes down the stairs, says the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 note and leaves. Willie Brown,, "When will Gavin Newsom proclaim California back to work? He won’t," 25 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of satisfactory

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jul 2020

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“Satisfactory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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

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satisfactorily \ -​rə-​lē \ adverb

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