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 satisfactory (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 Not to beat a dead horse, but every other country in the world (apart from Eritrea) has somehow managed to balance these concerns in a satisfactory manner and is no worse off for it. Robert Goulder, Forbes, 7 June 2021 The administration's shift in tone on negotiations reflects disillusionment among officials that a satisfactory deal is possible. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 6 June 2021 Russia disputed that, and Slovakia said this week that further testing carried out in Hungary had proved satisfactory. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 Over time, jobs data will reflect that post-pandemic US economic strength and meet the Fed's definition of a satisfactory labor market recovery. Dana Peterson For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 8 May 2021 When the man’s answers don’t prove satisfactory, Sean douses him and the rope that’s holding him in gasoline, lights them on fire, and gazes on admiringly as the rope burns away, sending his victim’s fiery, agonized body plummeting to his death. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2021 Cohn’s primary task as historian-in-waiting for the Affordable Care Act is to find a satisfactory explanation for why the Obama-Pelosi-Reid triumvirate succeeded where so many others had failed. Jake Bittle, The New Republic, 26 Mar. 2021 The Navy investigated the bizarre incident, which filmmaker David Beatty and The War Zone both reported, but came away without a satisfactory explanation. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 25 Mar. 2021 That leaves investors guessing what employment rate the Fed will consider satisfactory, a task made doubly difficult by Powell’s recent focus on unemployment rates for specific demographics, such as minority groups. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 17 Mar. 2021

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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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10 Jun 2021

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“Satisfactory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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