Definition of satisfaction in English:


Line breaks: sat¦is|fac¦tion
Pronunciation: /satɪsˈfakʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 2 Law The payment of a debt or fulfilment of an obligation or claim: in full and final satisfaction of the claim
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    • There is nothing in writing from either party that the cheque was to be accepted as payment in full satisfaction of the plaintiffs' accounts.
    • It provided for a lump sum payment by the Husband to the Wife, in satisfaction of all claims which the Wife might have against the Husband.
    • The judgment debt is no longer recoverable by the various processes normally available for satisfaction of judgment debts.
  • 2.1 [with negative] What is felt to be owed or due to one, especially in reparation of an injustice or wrong: the work will come to a halt if the electricity and telephone people don’t get satisfaction
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    • And if you don't get satisfaction there, then there probably is a consumer affairs office at your attorney general.
    • Candidates can adopt a few simple guidelines to ensure that they get satisfaction when dealing with recruitment agencies.
    • If you don't get satisfaction from state agencies, hire an independent insurance adjuster.
  • 2.2 historical The opportunity to defend one’s honour in a duel: I demand the satisfaction of a gentleman
  • 3 Christian Theology Christ’s atonement for sin.


to one's satisfaction

So that one is satisfied: some amendments were made, not entirely to his satisfaction
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  • And if things are not to your satisfaction, they try to work with you to find a satisfactory solution.
  • The police have said that he's answered all questions to their satisfaction.
  • He could not explain it to my satisfaction and it was totally unacceptable.


Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin satisfactio(n-), from satisfacere 'satisfy, content' (see satisfy). The earliest recorded use referred to the last part of religious penance after ‘contrition’ and ‘confession’: this involved fulfilment of the observance required by the confessor, in contrast with the current meaning 'fulfilment of one's own expectations'.

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