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[sat-is-fak-tuh-ree, -fak-tree]
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  1. giving or affording satisfaction; fulfilling all demands or requirements: a satisfactory solution.
  2. Theology. atoning or expiating.
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Origin of satisfactory

1520–30; < Medieval Latin satisfactōrius, equivalent to Latin satisfac(ere) to do enough + -tōrius -tory1
Related formssat·is·fac·to·ri·ly, adverbsat·is·fac·to·ri·ness, nounpre·sat·is·fac·to·ry, adjective

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Related Words for satisfactorily

sufficiently, adequately, competently, convincingly, thoroughly, suitably, abundantly, agreeably, amply, generously, liberally

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  1. adequate or suitable; acceptablea satisfactory answer
  2. giving satisfaction
  3. constituting or involving atonement, recompense, or expiation for sin
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Derived Formssatisfactorily, adverbsatisfactoriness, 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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