Definition of satisfactory in English:
- 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.
- 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.
The adjectives satisfactory and satisfying are closely related (both deriving from the Latin satis ‘enough’ + facere ‘to make’), but there is an important distinction. Satisfactory denotes the meeting or fulfillment of expectations, standards, or requirements: the car’s satisfactory performance in its first three road tests. Satisfying denotes the same, but goes further to connote the pleasure or enjoyment derived from the satisfaction: it was a satisfying one-dish meal.
- 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.
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.
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
Words that rhyme with satisfactoryfactory, manufactory, olfactory, phylactery, refractory
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