un·​sat·​is·​fac·​to·​ry ˌən-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce unsatisfactory (audio)
: not satisfactory
unsatisfactorily adverb
unsatisfactoriness 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 The dam is classified as a high-hazard dam in unsatisfactory condition, according to the National Inventory of Dams. NBC News, 9 July 2024 Stability was missing from Brian Daboll’s offensive interior in 2023 due to a combination of poor personnel decisions, aggressive training camp rotations, unsatisfactory performance and injuries. Pat Leonard, New York Daily News, 3 June 2024 In the 24/7 social media era of engagement between the cast, blogs, and fans, so much can happen in the downtime that the season can end up feeling incomplete and unsatisfactory to the audience’s lingering questions. Shamira Ibrahim, Vulture, 3 June 2024 As a matter of fact, the sales of luxury goods in China in the first quarter of this year were indeed unsatisfactory. Li Jun, WWD, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for unsatisfactory 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1650, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 22 Jul. 2024.

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