- giving or affording satisfaction; fulfilling all demands or requirements: a satisfactory solution.
- Theology. atoning or expiating.
Origin of satisfactory
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Examples from the Web for satisfactorily
Each show ends a hint of Borgesian uncertainty, as if the mystery can never quite be satisfactorily explained.‘Elementary’ vs. ‘Sherlock’: Why There’s Room for More Than One Holmes
November 29, 2012
At least, I have never been able to explain it satisfactorily to myself.
They stood the test of experience in all respects most satisfactorily.Freeland
Suffice it to say that on more than one supposition, I can account for it satisfactorily to myself.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Is it satisfactorily proved, in fact, that species may be originated by selection?The Origin of Species
Thomas H. Huxley
In the mean time all had been going on satisfactorily about the new fishing-smack.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
- adequate or suitable; acceptablea satisfactory answer
- giving satisfaction
- constituting or involving atonement, recompense, or expiation for sin
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.