- giving or affording satisfaction; fulfilling all demands or requirements: a satisfactory solution.
- Theology. atoning or expiating.
Origin of satisfactory
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Examples from the Web for satisfactory
There are several independent research programs but the origin of life does not have a satisfactory explanation at present.How Liberty University Creates Creationists
Karl W. Giberson
March 2, 2014
Some insurers are limiting it to patients who have tried the older drugs, but failed to get satisfactory results.There’s a Life Saving New Drug. But You Can’t Afford It.
Kaiser Health News
February 28, 2014
Many have experienced phenomena that, however creepy, admit a satisfactory explanation.A Night with The Conjuring’s Ed & Lorraine Warren
August 18, 2013
There should be no provisional status until we have locked down our borders and implemented E-Verify in a satisfactory manner.On Immigration, Praise for the Tea Party
May 8, 2013
We never got a satisfactory response from anyone at the embassy or in the State Department.Abandoned Ship: New Book Details Honeymooners’ Costa Concordia Nightmare
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 10, 2013
Here too experience has afforded us the most satisfactory proof in its favor.
We do not understand them at all, but they are highly soothing and satisfactory.
(a) What are the requirements for satisfactory types of jars?
Cheap jars are likely to be seconds and will not prove so satisfactory.
Kingozi, watching her closely, seemed to see in this only a satisfactory symptom.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- adequate or suitable; acceptablea satisfactory answer
- giving satisfaction
- constituting or involving atonement, recompense, or expiation for sin
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.