Definition of satisfactory in English:

satisfactory

Line breaks: sat¦is|fac¦tory
Pronunciation: /satɪsˈfakt(ə)ri
 
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adjective

1Fulfilling expectations or needs; acceptable, though not outstanding or perfect: he didn’t get a satisfactory answer
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  • 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
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  • 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.

Derivatives

satisfactorily

adverb
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  • 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

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

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