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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After recovering from his disconcerting interview with York Powell, Roger Bigelow Merriman went on to publish an indispensable edition of Thomas Cromwell’s surviving letters, prefaced by a much less satisfactory assessment of the man himself. Keith Thomas, The New York Review of Books, "The Power Broker," 17 Jan. 2019 Whether winning two more games than last year at Louisville is satisfactory for Cardinals fans remains to be seen. Rana Cash, The Courier-Journal, "How many football games will Louisville and Kentucky win? See win projections," 26 June 2019 There are other explanations, too, though none of them are particularly satisfactory. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "E. Jean Carroll’s Accusation Against Donald Trump, and the Raising, and Lowering, of the Bar," 25 June 2019 The first two contracts were satisfactory but Leyendecker didn’t think the firm would be used again. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Video cameras coming to Katy City Council?," 24 June 2019 Both ships were found to be satisfactory in their most recent inspections. Lillian Reed,, "How many passengers got sick on cruises leaving Baltimore? The CDC has an answer for that and more.," 13 June 2019 Ships must score 86 or higher to be considered satisfactory. Lillian Reed,, "How many passengers got sick on cruises leaving Baltimore? The CDC has an answer for that and more.," 13 June 2019 In order to qualify for the program, students must have graduated from a high school in the state, be enrolled full-time, make satisfactory academic progress while enrolled and accept all other available financial aid. Shannon Larson,, "Debt-free community college planned for Connecticut in 2020, but funding depends on new online lottery," 6 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of satisfactory

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 complain fretfully

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