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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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  • In this chapter we are very intermediatistic—and unsatisfactory.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • unsatisfactory as the interview was, it yet gave me a little hope.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Shady's relations with men and beasts were unsatisfactory in the extreme.

    The Yellow Horde Hal G. Evarts
  • It was an unsatisfactory interview that Danny had with the Chief.

    The Hammer of Thor Charles Willard Diffin
  • Philippe Labb was the first but by no means the last of our bibliographers to offer his reader an unsatisfactory index.

British Dictionary definitions for unsatisfactory


/ˌʌnsætɪsˈfæktərɪ; -trɪ/
not adequate or suitable; unacceptable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unsatisfactory

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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