sat·is·fac·to·ry | \ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-t(ə-)rē \

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 \ 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.
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But for many Microsoft employees, that was not satisfactory. Sheera Frenkel, New York Times, "Microsoft Employees Protest Work With ICE, as Tech Industry Mobilizes Over Immigration," 19 June 2018 For most people, there are satisfactory answers to those questions. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "The strange condition that makes you feel as if you burned your mouth," 7 Mar. 2018 Another man, however, was admitted to the hospital and remains in satisfactory condition, Gregg said. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Retirement dream job’: Pilot of plane that crashed near Ketchikan is former Navy and commercial aviator," 11 July 2018 Engineers who inspected the remaining structure of the church at 1046 N. 9th St. determined that its masonry walls and gables, with temporary shoring and bracing, appear to be in satisfactory condition for reconstruction, according to a statement. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church appears fit for restoration after devastating fire," 4 June 2018 Stay the course If early results are not fully satisfactory, Trump must resist the urge to abandon diplomacy and to return to irresponsible threats. Kelsey Davenport, Time, "This Is What Trump Needs to Do to Make North Korea Get Rid of Their Nukes," 13 June 2018 Another sticking point is whether Parliament would be granted the power to demand that the government resume negotiations with Brussels if the final Brexit deal isn’t satisfactory. Christina Boyle,, "British prime minister faces rebellion while working on deal to break from European Union," 11 June 2018 When settlement talks failed to produce a solution satisfactory to both sides, Lynn accepted an offer to abandon a deal that had years left to run. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Sponsorship issue causes rift between Louisville and major donor," 31 May 2018 The reasons were listed: Too few accounts with sufficient satisfactory performance. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "How to get a credit card when you've never had one," 28 June 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 \

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 reject or criticize sharply

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