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[uhn-sat-is-fak-tuh-ree] /ˌʌn sæt ɪsˈfæk tə ri/
not satisfactory; not satisfying or meeting one's demands; inadequate.
Origin of unsatisfactory
1630-40; un-1 + satisfactory
Related forms
unsatisfactorily, adverb
unsatisfactoriness, noun
disappointing, insufficient. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unsatisfactory
  • We feel this response is insufficient and unsatisfactory.
  • Perhaps the unsatisfactory answer is that they are both right.
  • There is a big difference here, and can result in unsatisfactory ends for the animals in question.
  • By comparison, actual life conditions are unsatisfactory, which can make one feel unhappiness.
  • Since my example is unsatisfactory, allow me to toss the ball into your court.
  • Each section of the rubric had a unsatisfactory to excellent description of behavior.
  • Most entry-level jobs seem unsatisfactory to people who think of themselves as exceptionally gifted.
  • Faculty who perform poorly should receive negative evaluations based directly on their unsatisfactory professional performance.
  • Her answers, unsatisfactory as they are, suggest a profound capacity for self-deception.
  • The new foreign policy frontier is deeply social, as messy and unsatisfactory as that may be.
British Dictionary definitions for unsatisfactory


/ˌʌnsætɪsˈfæktərɪ; -trɪ/
not adequate or suitable; unacceptable
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Word Origin and History for unsatisfactory

1640s, from un- (1) "not" + satisfactory.

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