[ dis-sat-is-fak-shuhn, dis-sat- ]
/ ˌdɪs sæt ɪsˈfæk ʃən, dɪsˌsæt- /


the state or attitude of not being satisfied; discontent; displeasure.
a particular cause or feeling of displeasure or disappointment: many dissatisfactions with the plan.

Nearby words

  1. disruption,
  2. disruptive,
  3. disruptive discharge,
  4. disrupture,
  5. diss,
  6. dissatisfactory,
  7. dissatisfied,
  8. dissatisfy,
  9. dissave,
  10. disseat

Origin of dissatisfaction

First recorded in 1630–40; dis-1 + satisfaction

Related formspre·dis·sat·is·fac·tion, nounself-dis·sat·is·fac·tion, noun

Synonym study

1. Dissatisfaction, discontent, displeasure imply a sense of dislike for, or unhappiness in, one's surroundings. Dissatisfaction results from contemplating what falls short of one's wishes or expectations: dissatisfaction with the results of an afternoon's work. Discontent is a sense of lack and a general feeling of uneasy dislike for the conditions of one's life: feeling a continual vague discontent. Displeasure suggests a certain amount of anger as well as dissatisfaction: displeasure at being kept waiting.

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British Dictionary definitions for dissatisfaction


/ (dɪsˌsætɪsˈfækʃən) /


the state of being unsatisfied or disappointed
Derived Formsdissatisfactory, adjective

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Word Origin and History for dissatisfaction



1630s; see dis- + satisfaction.

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