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

Definition of unsatisfactory

: not satisfactory

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 After weeks of protests, Howard University has reached an agreement with its students, who spoke out against unsatisfactory campus housing conditions. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 17 Nov. 2021 Right now, the current standard of care to treat mental health is unsatisfactory. Jill Griffin, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Mayfield, who insists both ponds be drained, covered and the ash removed, said the company’s proposal is unsatisfactory and disregards the interests of the community to solely benefit NRG. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 20 Dec. 2021 Calzada failed to finish in the top 10 in the SEC in passing average, total offense or passing efficiency, and the result was an unsatisfactory overall record and the Aggies winning only half of their league games. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Nov. 2021 If projects don’t get finished on time or are not finished at all; are handled in a slipshod, unsatisfactory manner; or lead to a lot of finger-pointing among employees, there’s often one root cause: a lack of accountability. Jason Richmond, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Students who used distance learning had an 11% greater rate of scoring unsatisfactory on the exams – the lowest achievement level. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021 Hypothetically, if all teachers earned between 90 and 100 points on their scorecard, the teachers who earned 90 would be deemed unsatisfactory. Talia Richman, Dallas News, 29 Sep. 2021 Amazon's workers might find Amazon's climate promises to be unsatisfactory; still, the Paperwhites do nod at the actions outlined in Amazon's Climate Pledge. Medea Giordano, Wired, 21 Sep. 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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“Unsatisfactory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsatisfactory. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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