not satisfactory; not satisfying or meeting one's demands; inadequate.

1630–40; un-1 + satisfactory

unsatisfactorily, adverb
unsatisfactoriness, noun

disappointing, insufficient.
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unsatisfactory (ˌʌnsætɪsˈfæktərɪ, -trɪ)
not adequate or suitable; unacceptable

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Example sentences
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.
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