Definition of satisfaction in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsadəsˈfakSH(ə)n/


1Fulfillment of one’s wishes, expectations, or needs, or the pleasure derived from this: he smiled with satisfaction managing directors seeking greater job satisfaction
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  • Whatever pleasures or satisfactions can be found are highly dependent on things being exactly the way they are desired.
  • And the plot amply delivers the expected satisfactions of an intricate puzzle adroitly solved.
  • The winter equinox brings with it many small satisfactions as you review your achievements over the last six months, and plan ahead for the coming spring and summer.
contentment, pleasure, gratification, fulfillment, enjoyment, happiness, pride;
smugness, self-satisfaction, complacency
fulfillment, gratification;
appeasement, assuaging
1.1 Law The payment of a debt or fulfillment 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.
compensation, recompense, redress, reparation, restitution, repayment, payment, settlement, reimbursement, indemnification, indemnity
1.2 [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.
1.3 Christian Theology Christ’s atonement for sin.
1.4 historical The opportunity to defend one’s honor in a duel: I demand the satisfaction of a gentleman


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 fulfillment of the observance required by the confessor, in contrast with the current meaning 'fulfillment of one's own expectations'.

Words that rhyme with satisfaction

abstraction, action, attraction, benefaction, compaction, contraction, counteraction, diffraction, enaction, exaction, extraction, faction, fraction, interaction, liquefaction, malefaction, petrifaction, proaction, protraction, putrefaction, redaction, retroaction, stupefaction, subtraction, traction, transaction, tumefaction, vitrifaction

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Syllabification: sat·is·fac·tion

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