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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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Examples from the web for satisfactory
  • And on the whole, the progress thus reported is highly satisfactory.
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  • Two and a half millennia of debate have, however, failed to produce a satisfactory answer.
  • They understood how to plan great architectural and engineering works and to carry them to a satisfactory conclusion.
  • They demand to be shown satisfactory proof of safety.
  • Drip irrigation is ideal to help reduce disease problems, but overhead irrigation is satisfactory.
  • Various explanations have been offered, none of them terribly satisfactory.
  • She gave a generally satisfactory account of herself.
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  • Filtered shade is best, but full sun can be satisfactory.
British Dictionary definitions for satisfactory


/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 satisfactory

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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satisfactory 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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