un·sat·is·fac·to·ry | \ˌən-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-t(ə-)rē \

Definition of unsatisfactory 

: not satisfactory

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Other Words from unsatisfactory

unsatisfactorily \ˌən-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-t(ə-)rə-lē \ adverb
unsatisfactoriness \ˌən-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-t(ə-)rē-nəs \ noun

Examples of unsatisfactory in a Sentence

He was fired for unsatisfactory performance. an unsatisfactory first attempt at building a birdhouse

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The parents of both young women judged a train conductor’s son of unsatisfactory social standing for their daughters. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 2 July 2018 The department also sustained complaints of misconduct and unsatisfactory performance against Benevento for failing to broadcast or log the 911 call about DeWolfe’s alleged erratic driving. Shelley Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "‘The fact that she could have been stopped that morning is heartbreaking’," 29 Apr. 2018 Trump deemed the smaller crowd unsatisfactory, aides said. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Trump pulls Philadelphia Eagles' White House invitation," 5 June 2018 If the Home Office finds his answers unsatisfactory, his entry may be declined. The Economist, "Roman Abramovich’s visa woes signal a shift in British policy on Russia," 24 May 2018 But there has long been another unsatisfactory aspect to the spring hearings process – low turnout. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Wisconsin Conservation Congress to allow online voting at spring hearings," 16 May 2018 The topic of unsatisfactory city road conditions dominated this year's budget talks. Beth Mlady, cleveland.com, "Unspent money from completed Brook Park projects might go toward street repairs," 7 May 2018 Tom McCaney, associate director of corporate social responsibility for Sisters of St. Francis, an activist order helping to lead the antismoking effort, said that Disney’s response to the letter was unsatisfactory. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "There’s No Smoking in Disney Films. What About When It Owns Fox?," 25 Apr. 2018 The unclear language of the constitution, the paucity of cases and the role played by partisan politics (unanticipated by the Founding Fathers) make Ford’s remark both plausible and unsatisfactory. The Economist, "How to impeach a president," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of unsatisfactory

circa 1650, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

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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