[ sat-is-fak-tuh-ree, -fak-tree ]
/ ˌsæt ɪsˈfæk tə ri, -ˈfæk tri /


giving or affording satisfaction; fulfilling all demands or requirements: a satisfactory solution.
Theology. atoning or expiating.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for satisfactory


/ (ˌsætɪsˈfæktərɪ, -trɪ) /


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

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