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


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



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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satisfactorily in Medicine

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

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