1. an act of satisfying; fulfillment; gratification.
  2. the state of being satisfied; contentment.
  3. the cause or means of being satisfied.
  4. confident acceptance of something as satisfactory, dependable, true, etc.
  5. reparation or compensation, as for a wrong or injury.
  6. the opportunity to redress or right a wrong, as by a duel.
  7. payment or discharge, as of a debt or obligation.
  8. Ecclesiastical.
    1. an act of doing penance or making reparation for venial sin.
    2. the penance or reparation made.

Origin of satisfaction

1250–1300; < Latin satisfactiōn- (stem of satisfactiō) a doing enough, equivalent to satisfact(us) (past participle of satisfacere, equivalent to satis enough + facere to make, do1) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English satisfaccioun < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
Related formssat·is·fac·tion·al, adjectivesat·is·fac·tion·less, adjectivenon·sat·is·fac·tion, nounpre·sat·is·fac·tion, nounsu·per·sat·is·fac·tion, nounun·der·sat·is·fac·tion, noun

Synonyms for satisfaction

Antonyms for satisfaction Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for satisfactional


  1. the act of satisfying or state of being satisfied
  2. the fulfilment of a desire
  3. the pleasure obtained from such fulfilment
  4. a source of fulfilment
  5. reparation or compensation for a wrong done or received
  6. RC Church Church of England the performance by a repentant sinner of a penance
  7. Christianity the atonement for sin by the death of Christ

Word Origin for satisfaction

C15: via French from Latin satisfactionem, from satisfacere to satisfy
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Word Origin and History for satisfactional



early 14c., "performance of an act set forth by a priest or other Church authority to atone for sin," from Old French satisfaction (12c.), from Latin satisfactionem (nominative satisfactio) "a satisfying of a creditor," noun of action from past participle stem of satisfacere (see satisfy). Senses of "contentment, appeasement" and "action of gratifying" first recorded late 14c.; the former not common before 16c.

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satisfactional in Medicine


  1. The fulfillment or gratification of a desire, a need, or an appetite.
  2. The pleasure or contentment that is derived from such gratification.
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