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satisfactory

[sat-is-fak-tuh-ree, -fak-tree] /ˌsæt ɪsˈfæk tə ri, -ˈfæk tri/
adjective
1.
giving or affording satisfaction; fulfilling all demands or requirements:
a satisfactory solution.
2.
Theology. atoning or expiating.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Medieval Latin satisfactōrius, equivalent to Latin satisfac(ere) to do enough + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
satisfactorily, adverb
satisfactoriness, noun
presatisfactory, adjective
Synonyms
1. competent, adequate, suitable, passable.
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British Dictionary definitions for presatisfactory

satisfactory

/ˌsætɪsˈfæktərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
adequate or suitable; acceptable: a satisfactory answer
2.
giving satisfaction
3.
constituting or involving atonement, recompense, or expiation for sin
Derived Forms
satisfactorily, adverb
satisfactoriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for presatisfactory

satisfactory

adj.

mid-15c., "capable of atoning for sin," from Middle French satisfactoire (14c.) and directly from Late Latin satisfactorius, from Latin satisfactus, past participle of satisfacere (see satisfy). Meaning "adequate" is from 1630s. Related: Satisfactorily; satisfactoriness.

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presatisfactory in Medicine

satisfactory sat·is·fac·to·ry (sāt'ĭs-fāk'tə-rē)
adj.
Providing satisfaction sufficient to meet a demand or requirement.

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