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 Our performance in the third quarter was unsatisfactory and underscores the imperative for change and strengthens our sense of priorities and purpose. Fortune, "Bed Bath & Beyond Stock Plunges on What CEO Calls ‘Unsatisfactory’ Fiscal Third Quarter Results," 8 Jan. 2020 Dam conditions are supposed to be rated as unsatisfactory, poor, fair or satisfactory. Michelle Minkoff, The Denver Post, "Thousands face risk because of aging U.S. dams, including some in Colorado, AP finds," 10 Nov. 2019 The offer has been deemed 'unsatisfactory', however, with Milan holding out for at least €25m, after forking out €38m to sign him in the first place. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Man Utd Back for Diop, Arsenal Get Saliba Blow, West Ham Bid for Rondon & More," 3 July 2019 Georgia led the way with 198 high-hazard dams in unsatisfactory or poor condition, followed by North Carolina with 168 and Pennsylvania with 145. Washington Post, "US senator proposes money, oversight to boost dam safety," 17 Dec. 2019 The Inspector General found the explanations given for these actions unsatisfactory. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Durham, Barr reject Justice Department Inspector General findings that tend to clear FBI in Trump-Russia probe," 9 Dec. 2019 But as Mr Tourish points out, only five women were studied, two of whom were replaced during the experiment when their responses proved unsatisfactory. The Economist, "Clear as mud," 24 Nov. 2019 An unsatisfactory run of results against very beatable teams will have left Emery with a bitter taste in the mouth, especially given the performances his side have been putting in. SI.com, "Liverpool vs Arsenal Preview: Where To Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 28 Oct. 2019 So, in my judgment, both were unsatisfactory outcomes. CBS News, "Transcript: Susan Rice talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 18 Dec. 2019

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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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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Unsatisfactory.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsatisfactory. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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