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Definition of satisfactory adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1good enough for a particular purpose synonym acceptable
  2. 2 a satisfactory explanation/answer/solution/conclusion The work is satisfactory but not outstanding. The existing law is not entirely/wholly satisfactory. A bonus will be paid on satisfactory completion of the contract. Her condition after the operation was described as “satisfactory.” opposite unsatisfactory
  3. Word Familysatisfaction noun (dissatisfaction)satisfactory adjective (unsatisfactory)satisfy verbsatisfying adjective (unsatisfying)satisfied adjective (dissatisfied) (unsatisfied)
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adverb Her disappearance has never been satisfactorily explained. Our complaint was dealt with satisfactorily.
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