Definition of satisfactory adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌsætɪsˈfæktəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsætɪsˈfæktəri//
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good enough for a particular purpose synonym acceptable 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 Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘leading to the atonement of sin’): from Old French satisfactoire or medieval Latin satisfactorius, from Latin satisfacere ‘to content’, from satis ‘enough’ + facere ‘make’. The current senses date from the mid 17th cent.Word Familysatisfaction noun (dissatisfaction)satisfactory adjective (unsatisfactory)satisfy verbsatisfying adjective (unsatisfying)satisfied adjective (dissatisfied) (unsatisfied)Extra examples The arrangement has proved mutually satisfactory. The results were not entirely satisfactory. We hope this proposal is satisfactory to you. I hope the dispute will soon come to a satisfactory conclusion. The existing law is not wholly satisfactory. Their work is satisfactory but not outstanding. You haven’t yet given us a satisfactory explanation.
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