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 Yet in a clear break from the past, Beijing is now also weighing in on Hong Kong court decisions, praising satisfactory rulings and using friendly media outlets to criticize others. Iain Marlow,, "Hong Kong’s Courts Are the Last Check on Beijing’s Growing Power," 22 Dec. 2020 That said, if reputation gives you peace of mind, there are some leaders that all but guarantee a satisfactory shaving experience. Jeremy Helligar, Popular Science, "Best electric shaver: Get a smooth shave with our picks," 18 Dec. 2020 An inspector general’s report in September found some satisfactory performance but deficiencies in other areas. Dustin Volz And Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Senators Press IRS for SolarWinds Hack Briefing," 17 Dec. 2020 The city and the union plan to get together next summer -- by June 30, when the deal’s first year expires -- and attempt to come up with a satisfactory amount for raises for the second and third years of the agreement. cleveland, "University Heights firefighters agree to wage freeze as city deals with pandemic finances," 20 Oct. 2020 To get satisfactory results the modern science of chemistry has been called into service. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Fire and Gas in World War," 30 Sep. 2020 However, after working through and discounting many possible causes, the team could come up with no other satisfactory explanation for phosphine’s presence in Venus’ atmosphere, as Nell Greenfieldboyce reports for NPR. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "In Clouds on Venus, New Potential for Microbial Life," 14 Sep. 2020 Afterward, coach Gregg Popovich graded Vassell’s first NBA test as satisfactory. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs know it will take a village to grow Devin Vassell," 14 Dec. 2020 At 3-9, the Cowboys trail New York and Washington by two games, have already lost the tiebreaker to Washington, and there’s no reason to think the final quarter of this long 2020 season will produce more satisfactory results. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Easy Money: How the Cowboys’ defense continued to scrape rock bottom in loss to Ravens," 8 Dec. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

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“Satisfactory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 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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