[ sat-is-fak-shuhn ]
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  1. an act of satisfying; fulfillment; gratification.

  2. the state of being satisfied; contentment.

  1. the cause or means of being satisfied.

  2. confident acceptance of something as satisfactory, dependable, true, etc.

  3. reparation or compensation, as for a wrong or injury.

  4. the opportunity to redress or right a wrong, as by a duel.

  5. payment or discharge, as of a debt or obligation.

  6. Ecclesiastical.

    • an act of doing penance or making reparation for venial sin.

    • the penance or reparation made.

Origin of satisfaction

First recorded in 1250–1300; from Latin satisfactiōn-, stem of satisfactiō “amends, excuse, penalty,” from satisfact(us) “compensated, sufficed” (past participle of satisfacere “to do enough, apologize, compensate,” from satis “enough” + facere “to do, make”) + -iō -ion; replacing Middle English satisfaccioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin, as above; cf. fact, satiate

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Other words from satisfaction

  • sat·is·fac·tion·al, adjective
  • sat·is·fac·tion·less, adjective
  • non·sat·is·fac·tion, noun
  • pre·sat·is·fac·tion, noun
  • su·per·sat·is·fac·tion, noun
  • un·der·sat·is·fac·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for satisfaction


/ (ˌsætɪsˈfækʃən) /

  1. the act of satisfying or state of being satisfied

  2. the fulfilment of a desire

  1. the pleasure obtained from such fulfilment

  2. a source of fulfilment

  3. reparation or compensation for a wrong done or received

  4. RC Church Church of England the performance by a repentant sinner of a penance

  5. Christianity the atonement for sin by the death of Christ

Origin of satisfaction

C15: via French from Latin satisfactionem, from satisfacere to satisfy

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