un·​sat·​is·​fac·​to·​ry | \ ˌən-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce unsatisfactory (audio) \

Definition of unsatisfactory

: not satisfactory

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Other Words from unsatisfactory

unsatisfactorily \ ˌən-​ˌsa-​təs-​ˈfak-​t(ə-​)rə-​lē How to pronounce unsatisfactory (audio) \ adverb
unsatisfactoriness \ ˌən-​ˌsa-​təs-​ˈfak-​t(ə-​)rē-​nəs How to pronounce unsatisfactory (audio) \ noun

Examples of unsatisfactory in a Sentence

He was fired for unsatisfactory performance. an unsatisfactory first attempt at building a birdhouse
Recent Examples on the Web There are hundreds of facilities across South Africa that are legally breeding and raising thousands of lions as well as other big cats, sometimes in tiny enclosures and unsatisfactory conditions. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, "South Africa to end captive lion breeding, bone trade," 2 May 2021 In today’s digital-first world, consumers expect a frictionless online journey, often ditching a brand if the website experience is complicated or unsatisfactory. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "12 Expert Tips To Help Small Businesses Affordably Leverage AI/ML," 19 Apr. 2021 Naturally, many people have found that response to be monumentally unsatisfactory. Andy Meek, BGR, "Facebook’s response to Saturday’s news of a huge data leak was so awful," 3 Apr. 2021 Roskomnadzor also fined Instagram, Facebook, and other companies whose responses to the demands were still, evidently, unsatisfactory to the regime. Justin Sherman, Wired, "Russia’s Failure to Throttle Twitter Isn’t a Sign of Weakness," 17 Mar. 2021 But even that solution proved unsatisfactory to Mr. Manchin, who insisted that the payments lapse sooner. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "Divided Senate Passes Biden’s Pandemic Aid Plan," 6 Mar. 2021 Our fears can keep us from moving forward as the Moon opposes uncertain Neptune, but if the old way is unsatisfactory, change is inevitable. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for February 27, 2021," 27 Feb. 2021 The suspense built in his books never lead to an unsatisfactory ending. Sheena Scott, Forbes, "3 Series Like ‘Behind Her Eyes’ With Unexpected Twists," 27 Feb. 2021 His players have adopted the mindset and also been driven by the unsatisfactory way the 2019-20 season abruptly ended, like so many things a victim of the pandemic. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Long sought-after Big 12 regular-season title finally within reach for Scott Drew, Baylor," 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of unsatisfactory

circa 1650, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsatisfactory was circa 1650

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5 May 2021

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“Unsatisfactory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsatisfactory. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unsatisfactory

: not good enough : not satisfactory


un·​sat·​is·​fac·​to·​ry | \ ˈən-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-tə-rē How to pronounce unsatisfactory (audio) \

Kids Definition of unsatisfactory

: not what is needed or expected His behavior in class has been unsatisfactory.

Other Words from unsatisfactory

unsatisfactorily \ -​rə-​lē \ adverb

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