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 satisfactorily (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 Henry Kissinger’s question has never found a satisfactory answer, but a literalist might turn to the press room of the Berlaymont building in Brussels. The Economist, "Charlemagne The enduring influence of Kraftwerk," 16 May 2020 Just then, the tourist comes down the stairs, says the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 note and leaves. Willie Brown,, "When will Gavin Newsom proclaim California back to work? He won’t," 25 Apr. 2020 But the rules that apply to everyone else weren’t satisfactory to Trump. Joyce White Vance, Time, "If Trump Is Allowed to Turn the Justice Department Into a Political Weapon, No One Is Safe," 12 Feb. 2020 Paris United has alleged this week that Neymar is 'determined to leave PSG' and that there have been 'multiple meetings' to try and reach a satisfactory solution., "Neymar Saga Rumbles on as Father Denies Being in Barcelona for Transfer Talks," 2 July 2019 But despite the collective angst, even the firewall’s fiercest detractors have yet to find a satisfactory solution to the conundrum. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire," 21 Dec. 2012 But until a satisfactory account of a natural spillover is achieved, that same concentration of know-how, at WIV and another local research centre, the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, will continue to attract suspicion. The Economist, "The origin of covid-19 The pieces of the puzzle of covid-19’s origin are coming to light," 2 May 2020 The teachers were nice, an indication that the school culture was at least satisfactory, Gardea said. Krista Torralva,, "Group wants to give San Antonio parents the knowledge and advocacy skills to improve schools," 24 Apr. 2020 The Fine Delight made more of an attempt than the present book does to give us a satisfactory critical theory to understand that paradox. James Matthew Wilson, National Review, "Great American Fiction and the Catholic Literary Imagination," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of satisfactory

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jun 2020

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“Satisfactory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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

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satisfactorily \ -​rə-​lē \ adverb

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