un·​sat·​is·​fied | \ ˌən-ˈsa-təs-ˌfīd How to pronounce unsatisfied (audio) \

Definition of unsatisfied

: not satisfied He is unsatisfied with the direction his life has taken. unsatisfied customers

Examples of unsatisfied in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The briefing left many lawmakers, including Paul, unsatisfied. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "Rand Paul: Obama did 'hundreds and hundreds of targeted killings' without asking Congress," 12 Jan. 2020 The first scene of the pilot found her with an unsatisfied client, a man who’d asked her to capture photographs of his spouse cheating on him with his brother. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Marvel-Netflix Universe’s Final Hero," 14 June 2019 The reviews for Cats—which, in an unsettling coincidence, broke the same time as the impeachment vote—are absolutely brutal, ranging from unsatisfied to downright disturbed. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "These Brutal Cats Reviews Are Better Than the Actual Movie," 21 Dec. 2019 However, Pepe's more recent struggles in the final third have left Arsenal fans unsatisfied with his output and a rather dismal display at Old Trafford against Manchester United summed up a tepid start in England. SI.com, "Arsene Wenger Suggests What Nicolas Pepe Needs to Do to Adapt at Arsenal After Slow Start," 8 Oct. 2019 The good, but not exceptional, score that Riddell tailored for the teen left Huneeus unsatisfied. Los Angeles Times, "Napa Valley winemaker sentenced to 5 months in college admissions scandal," 4 Oct. 2019 Students fret for their future, unsatisfied with an administration that pays their examination fees for secondary school diplomas though appears reluctant to guarantee more basic needs. Washington Post, "This Trillion-Dollar City Doesn’t Know How Rich It Is," 20 Sep. 2019 Two members voted not to convict Ramos, apparently unsatisfied that the prosecution had proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Jim Crow Returns to the Supreme Court," 28 Aug. 2019 If the team is unsatisfied with Finley, the Bengals plan to draft a quarterback early in the 2020 NFL Draft. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Are the Cincinnati Bengals interested in Colin Kaepernick?," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of unsatisfied

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsatisfied.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsatisfied. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unsatisfied

: not dealt with in a way that provides what is needed or wanted
: not pleased or happy about what has happened or been done


un·​sat·​is·​fied | \ ˌən-ˈsa-təs-ˌfīd \

Kids Definition of unsatisfied

1 : not fulfilled an unsatisfied ambition
2 : not pleased I was unsatisfied with his explanation.

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a feeling of well-being or elation

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