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satisfactory

Line breaks: sat¦is|fac¦tory
Pronunciation: /satɪsˈfakt(ə)ri
 
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Definition of satisfactory in English:

adjective

1Fulfilling expectations or needs; acceptable, though not outstanding or perfect: he didn’t get a satisfactory answer
More example sentences
  • Although I have pondered and asked and experimented, I have yet to come up with a satisfactory answer to the question of what bestows on a person the right to belong in a culture.
  • Intermediate schools should be phased out as they are only satisfactory for pupils from better home backgrounds where the home influence is paramount.
  • I fear there is no satisfactory answer to this question.
Synonyms
presentable;
suitable, convenient
informal OK, so-so, fair-to-middling
North American & Australian/New Zealand informal jake
1.1(Of a patient in a hospital) not deteriorating or likely to die: Mrs Reeves was ‘satisfactory and improving slightly’ in Middlesbrough General Hospital last night
More example sentences
  • If her medical condition is satisfactory, it is likely that one of the parties could have obtained her evidence and have submitted it to the court.
1.2 Law (Of evidence or a verdict) sufficient for the needs of the case: the verdict is safe and satisfactory
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  • I do not consider the applicant has even now provided satisfactory evidence that she may be unfit to attend the bankruptcy hearing.
  • You have not produced satisfactory evidence of your identity, nationality or lawful basis to be in the United Kingdom.
  • The objective fact seems to be that there was no satisfactory evidence of damage.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'leading to the atonement of sin'): from Old French satisfactoire or medieval Latin satisfactorius, from Latin satisfacere 'to content' (see satisfy). The current senses date from the mid 17th century.

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  • sad from (Old English):

    The original meaning of sad in Old English was ‘having no more appetite, weary’. The word comes from the same root as Latin satis ‘enough’, the source of satiated, satisfactory, and satisfy (all LME), and the idea was similar to our expression fed up (early 20th century)—of being unhappy through being too ‘full’ of something. The word then developed through ‘firm, constant’ and ‘dignified, sober’ to our modern sense of ‘unhappy’ in the medieval period. In the 1990s ‘You're so sad!’ became the refrain of every teenager in the land, often to their parents. This use, meaning ‘pathetically inadequate or unfashionable’, was not completely new, and had been around since the 1930s. See also melancholy

Derivatives

satisfactorily

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Despite its weaknesses, it never drags and by the end ties up the plot quite satisfactorily without copping out.
  • Take a good, close look at whether your marital relationship is functioning satisfactorily.
  • The fact that one can operate quite satisfactorily in top gear for much of the time means that the engine never becomes intrusive.

satisfactoriness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • In his textual criticism he used symbols to show his doubts of the genuineness or satisfactoriness of verses.

Words that rhyme with satisfactory

factory, manufactory, olfactory, phylactery, refractory

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