Definition of satisfy in English:


Line breaks: sat|isfy
Pronunciation: /ˈsatɪsfʌɪ

verb (satisfies, satisfying, satisfied)

[with object]
  • 2Provide (someone) with adequate or convincing information or proof about something: [with object and clause]: people need to be satisfied that the environmental assessments are accurate the chief engineer satisfied himself that it was not a weapon
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    • You may be refused support on the basis that you have given inadequate information to satisfy the Secretary of State that you made your asylum claim as soon as practicable after arrival in the UK.
    • Provided he is satisfied that the conduct appears to constitute an extradition crime he is entitled to make an order to proceed.
    • I am also satisfied that the vendor provided the survey and made all reasonable repairs.
    convince, persuade, assure, make certain; reassure, put someone's mind at rest, dispel someone's doubts
  • 3 Mathematics (Of a quantity) make (an equation) true.
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    • This equation is satisfied by y= cx+ c2- c.
    • Why do we get so many possible solutions that all satisfy the same differential equation?


satisfy the examiners

British Reach the standard required to pass an examination.
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  • I saw my name on the list of candidates who had satisfied the examiners in the final examinations.
  • A candidate who satisfies the examiners for the award of a classified degree at the second attempt shall not normally be awarded a degree classification higher than a Third Class.
  • Candidates who fail to satisfy the Examiners in any of the modules which are part of the taught component for the course may be re-examined on such terms as the Academic Board, on the recommendation of the School, may decide.



Pronunciation: /-əˈbɪlɪti/
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  • Balaguer responds that the notion of consistency at work in Full-Blooded Platonism is neither the proof-theoretic notion of consistency nor the model-theoretic notion of satisfiability.


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  • What was missing was a procedure to list out all the non-valid formulas, or equivalently to list out all satisfiable formulas.
  • There is nothing that justifies this demand, and nothing that supports the belief that it is satisfiable even in principle.
  • Finsler points out that one needs to distinguish between satisfiable and unsatisfiable circular definitions.


late Middle English: from Old French satisfier, formed irregularly from Latin satisfacere 'to content', from satis 'enough' + facere 'make'.

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