unsatisfactory

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

In June last year, for example, the social-media giant rolled out a feedback feature as part of an initiative to crack down on e-commerce businesses that advertise products that are unsatisfactory or don’t arrive on time. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "Facebook Promises to Crack Down on Scam Ads After U.K. Lawsuit," 23 Jan. 2019 At first, this struck me as an unsatisfactory answer. New York Times, "Nan Goldin Survived an Overdose to Fight the Opioid Epidemic," 11 June 2018 Underlying this political fiasco—the years of unsatisfactory negotiations with Brussels, the cabinet infighting in the U.K., the high-profile political resignations, the humiliating legislative defeats—is one reality. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "A ‘No Deal’ Brexit Can Save the European Union," 17 Jan. 2019 The guidance for this patch is different—and rather unsatisfactory. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Now it’s Office’s turn to have a load of patches pulled," 20 Nov. 2018 Thousands have walked from unsatisfactory working conditions and compensation. WSJ, "Proposal for Longer, Double-Trailer Trucks Is a Dangerous Idea," 22 Aug. 2018 Nearly 30 percent of the school buildings are in unsatisfactory condition. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Cost to fix Detroit school buildings: $500 million," 22 June 2018 In 2001, an eBay user might have given an eBay seller a low rating for an unsatisfactory packaging job; in 2018, an Uber driver might be dinged if a rider doesn’t like his personality or choice of music. John Herrman, New York Times, "Want to Understand What Ails the Modern Internet? Look at eBay," 20 June 2018 This unsatisfactory state of affairs lasted until 1857 when the Matrimonial Causes (Divorce) Act started to make the granting of a divorce a civil and not a religious matter. Diane Atkinson, Time, "Meghan Markle Should Walk Down the Aisle Alone and Not Pass From One 'Owner' to Another," 18 May 2018

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unsatisfactory

: not good enough : not satisfactory

unsatisfactory

adjective
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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