sat·​is·​fac·​to·​ry ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce satisfactory (audio)
: giving satisfaction : adequate
a satisfactory performance
satisfactorily adverb
satisfactoriness noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Like its still-boxy exterior, the Honda Pilot interior is satisfactory but far from innovative. James Raia, The Mercury News, 28 Jan. 2024 Others score lower -- Nikki Haley, satisfactory to 48%; Vivek Ramaswamy, 44%; Chris Christie (who withdrew Wednesday), 23%; and Asa Hutchinson, 17%. Gary Langer, ABC News, 14 Jan. 2024 An egregious example of this occurred in 2008, when economic forecasters generally believed that the U.S. economic recovery would continue at a satisfactory pace. Desmond Lachman, National Review, 12 Jan. 2024 On the downside, the quality of the construction wasn't satisfactory compared to the best sheets on Amazon. Michelle Rostamian, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Jan. 2024 Chuckie cannot give a satisfactory account of his whereabouts between 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., the window of time in which Hoffa vanished. Jo Thomas, Detroit Free Press, 14 Jan. 2024 This convenience has spawned customer demand and employment, though the question of whether workers’ pay, and conditions are fair and satisfactory is sensitive and politically charged. Harry G. Broadman, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 On the other hand, the Family Affair roll is pleasant and satisfactory but more forgettable, kind of like our conversation. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 17 Nov. 2023 Tom Holland is down for another Spider-Man movie if the story is satisfactory. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 30 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Satisfactory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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sat·​is·​fac·​to·​ry ˌsat-əs-ˈfak-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce satisfactory (audio)
: giving satisfaction
satisfactorily adverb

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