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[dis-sat-is-fak-shuh n, dis-sat-] /ˌdɪs sæt ɪsˈfæk ʃən, dɪsˌsæt-/
the state or attitude of not being satisfied; discontent; displeasure.
a particular cause or feeling of displeasure or disappointment:
many dissatisfactions with the plan.
Origin of dissatisfaction
1630-40; dis-1 + satisfaction
Related forms
predissatisfaction, noun
self-dissatisfaction, noun
1. disappointment, disapproval, uneasiness. Dissatisfaction, discontent, displeasure imply a sense of dislike for, or unhappiness in, one's surroundings. Dissatisfaction results from contemplating what falls short of one's wishes or expectations: dissatisfaction with the results of an afternoon's work. Discontent is a sense of lack and a general feeling of uneasy dislike for the conditions of one's life: feeling a continual vague discontent. Displeasure suggests a certain amount of anger as well as dissatisfaction: displeasure at being kept waiting.
satisfaction. Unabridged
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  • But other confederacies would spring up, from time to time, as dissatisfaction and discontent were disseminated over the country.
  • Usually it is a matter of dissatisfaction with a project or concept or execution.
  • To our dissatisfaction, the rock didn't budge and would require more pounding to shatter it to pieces.
  • Social relationships can temper dissatisfaction, however.
  • However, research suggests that brief exposure to such images increases body dissatisfaction.
  • Attempts to rank college performance often seem to end in complaints and dissatisfaction.
  • As the seasons come and go, so too does faculty dissatisfaction with the biannual ritual of having students evaluate our teaching.
  • When expectations are high, the prospect of disappointment increases, and seeds of dissatisfaction are spread.
  • In the section about athletes' dissatisfaction with certain body parts, for instance, a word change was clearly necessary.
  • When it comes to universities' support for online learning, the report showed broad faculty dissatisfaction.
British Dictionary definitions for dissatisfaction


the state of being unsatisfied or disappointed
Derived Forms
dissatisfactory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for dissatisfaction

1630s; see dis- + satisfaction.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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