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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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  • 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 Theodor Hertzka
  • Suffice it to say that on more than one supposition, I can account for it satisfactorily to myself.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • 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
  • He had satisfactorily assimilated the spirit of the vista, and blended it with his own.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • He remarked with pain that the work of the farm was not satisfactorily done.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • He often asked himself the question, but could always answer it satisfactorily.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • The inaction of the French has never been satisfactorily explained.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
British Dictionary definitions for satisfactorily


/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 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.

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satisfactorily 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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