satisfaction

noun

sat·​is·​fac·​tion ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce satisfaction (audio)
1
a
: the payment through penance of the temporal punishment incurred by a sin
b
: reparation for sin that meets the demands of divine justice
2
a
: fulfillment of a need or want
b
: the quality or state of being satisfied : contentment
c
: a source or means of enjoyment : gratification
3
a
: compensation for a loss or injury : atonement, restitution
b
: the discharge of a legal obligation or claim
4
: convinced assurance or certainty
proved to the satisfaction of the court

Example Sentences

He gets great satisfaction from volunteering. the satisfaction of a job well done There is some satisfaction in knowing I was right. She finds a certain satisfaction in helping others. the satisfaction of his deep craving for love I complained to the manager about the poor service but did not get any satisfaction. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Testers completed questionnaires rating ease of use, performance and satisfaction. Jacqueline Saguin And Danusia Wnek, Good Housekeeping, 21 Nov. 2022 It’s the motoring equivalent of running a marathon every day, with all the physical and mental strains that come with it; but then there’s the satisfaction and endorphin rush, too. Charlie Thomas, Robb Report, 18 Nov. 2022 Employees reported a better work-life balance, lower stress levels, increased life satisfaction and crucially, their productivity remained the same. Natalie Gil, refinery29.com, 9 Nov. 2022 Declines in degree satisfaction and rising costs are pushing more students to forego their academic careers. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2022 Forty grams of protein is serious for muscle building—and satisfaction. The Editors Of Men's Health, Men's Health, 29 Oct. 2022 Studies have shown that play—something done purely for enjoyment—is linked to higher life satisfaction, boosted creativity, and improved cognitive health. Faith Hill, The Atlantic, 28 Oct. 2022 Without the many problems a breaker provides, neither fixer can find a sufficient sense of purpose or satisfaction. Gregg Opelka, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2022 One famous 2012 study, based on data from hundreds of people who were tracked for seven decades, found that ambition strongly predicted career success, but was only weakly related to life satisfaction. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 25 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin satisfaction-, satisfactio, from Latin, reparation, amends, from satisfacere to satisfy

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of satisfaction was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Satisfaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/satisfaction. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

satisfaction

noun

sat·​is·​fac·​tion ˌsat-əs-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce satisfaction (audio)
1
a
: the quality or state of being satisfied
b
: a cause of satisfaction
2
: something that makes up for a loss or injury
3

Legal Definition

satisfaction

noun

sat·​is·​fac·​tion
1
a
: the act or fact of satisfying
b
: execution of an accord by performance of the substituted obligation
often used in the phrase accord and satisfaction
compare accord sense 3, transaction sense 3
c
: a document indicating that an obligation has been satisfied
a satisfaction of mortgage
2
: the quality or state of being satisfied

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