unsatisfactory

adjective un·sat·is·fac·to·ry \ ˌən-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-t(ə-)rē \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of unsatisfactory

: not satisfactory

unsatisfactorily

play \ˌən-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-t(ə-)rə-lē\ adverb

unsatisfactoriness

play \ˌən-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-t(ə-)rē-nəs\ noun

Examples of unsatisfactory in a Sentence

  1. He was fired for unsatisfactory performance.

  2. an unsatisfactory first attempt at building a birdhouse

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First Known Use of unsatisfactory

circa 1650

unsatisfactory Synonyms

Synonyms
bastard, bush, bush-league, crummy (also crumby), deficient, dissatisfactory, ill, inferior, lame, lousy, off, paltry, poor, punk, sour, suboptimal, subpar, substandard, unacceptable, bad, wack [slang], wanting, wretched, wrong
Antonyms
acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, fine, OK (or okay), passable, respectable, satisfactory, standard, tolerable
Related Words
abysmal, atrocious, awful, bitchin' [slang], brutal, damnable, deplorable, detestable, disastrous, dreadful, execrable, gnarly [slang], horrendous, horrible, pathetic, stinky, sucky [slang], terrible, unspeakable; defective, faulty, flawed; egregious, flagrant, gross; bum, cheesy, coarse, common, crappy [slang], cut-rate, junky, lesser, low-grade, low-rent, mediocre, miserable, reprehensible, rotten, rubbishy, second-rate, shoddy, sleazy, trashy; abominable, odious, vile; useless, valueless, worthless; inadequate, insufficient, lacking, meager (or meagre), mean, miserly, niggardly, scanty, shabby, short, skimp, skimpy, spare, stingy; miscreant, scurrilous, villainous; counterfeit, fake, phony (also phoney), sham
Near Antonyms
classic, classical; A1, bang-up, banner, boss [slang], capital, choice, crackerjack, dandy, divine, excellent, exceptional, fabulous, fine, first-class, first-rate, grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-test, jim-dandy, keen, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, par excellence, perfect, premium, prime, sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch, unsurpassed, wonderful; better, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, special, sufficient; average, borderline, fair, mediocre, middling, minimal, so-so, unexceptional; suitable, useful, worthy; gratifying, satisfying

UNSATISFACTORY Defined for English Language Learners

unsatisfactory

adjective

Definition of unsatisfactory for English Language Learners

  • : not good enough : not satisfactory


UNSATISFACTORY Defined for Kids

unsatisfactory

adjective un·sat·is·fac·to·ry \ ˈən-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-tə-rē \

Definition of unsatisfactory for Students

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

unsatisfactorily

\-rə-lē\ adverb


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