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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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  • The results are not satisfactory and its easier to carry it.

    The Boy Patrol on Guard Edward S. Ellis
  • The result was satisfactory, and the natives went peaceably away.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • Such awnings will be found as satisfactory for exposed doors as for windows.

    ABC of Gardening Eben Eugene Rexford
  • satisfactory explanation of the Phenomena sought to be Explained.

    Aether and Gravitation William George Hooper
  • I sincerely hope I may be able to make you a satisfactory offer.

    Herbert Carter's Legacy Horatio Alger
British Dictionary definitions for satisfactory


/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 satisfactory

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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satisfactory 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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