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

Other Words from satisfactory

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.
Recent Examples on the Web These divergences must be addressed individually and according to previously adopted good practices that are satisfactory for both parties. Mateus Hernandes Rodrigues, Forbes, 12 July 2022 To find an end that is satisfactory for the audience is quite difficult. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 7 July 2022 This number of reviewers averages 4.8/5 stars, which is a satisfactory rating. Laxmi Corp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 July 2022 Each year, a satisfactory evaluation of Shields by the president of the ASU System will result in a one-year contract extension, according to the letter. Jaime Adame, Arkansas Online, 11 July 2022 That may be satisfactory enough for the Federal Reserve to conclude that financial conditions have tightened as hoped for. Rob Wile, NBC News, 4 June 2022 Note that none of those are satisfactory as to allow an AI system to be vulnerable to adversarial attacks. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Non-mask wearers can book specific times, but that isn’t satisfactory to some. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, 17 June 2022 How will all this lead to an end-state that is satisfactory to both sides? Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of satisfactory

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jul 2022

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“Satisfactory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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