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 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 Some constitutional experts said the short time to scrutinize such a far-reaching treaty was unsatisfactory. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "U.K. Lawmakers Approve Brexit Trade Deal, Cementing EU Exit," 30 Dec. 2020 Specifically, customers cited charges for equipment even after returns; poor voice, video and internet quality; unsatisfactory customer service; and billing charges that continued after service was canceled and were higher than promised. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "New Frontier CEO Nick Jeffrey led turnaround of UK telecommunications company," 15 Dec. 2020 Any additional students will exacerbate the unsatisfactory situation so density concerns aren’t their chief concern, Waller said. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, "CityGate West back with answers for commission review, but District 204, Brookdale neighbors still opposed," 14 Dec. 2020 With much of the money mismanaged and the quality of work delivered deemed unsatisfactory, Amidu cut her losses and considered paying an animation studio in the US or Asia to produce the movie for her. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "How Nigeria’s first feature length animated movie was made," 9 Dec. 2020 Sure that his responses to those issues are unsatisfactory and incriminating. John Edgar Wideman, The New Yorker, "Rwanda," 7 Dec. 2020 The country’s Europe minister, Clément Beaune, warned that Paris would veto any unsatisfactory trade deal. New York Times, "In Last-Ditch Bid for Brexit Deal, Leaders’ Theatrics Show the Stakes," 6 Dec. 2020 Michael Spuzzillo, 48, previously received a one-day suspension for his job performance and a mix of unsatisfactory performance reviews. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Polls show a tight presidential race in Ohio: This Week in the CLE," 14 Oct. 2020 Fan fiction has long been a space for wish fulfillment, allowing enthusiasts to correct unsatisfactory story lines and explore romantic pairings far from canon, and for marginalized people to put themselves in the narrative. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: October romances bring early holiday cheer," 5 Nov. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

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“Unsatisfactory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsatisfactory. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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