[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM satisfactory

sat·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. 2020

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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 forms of satisfactory

satisfactorily, adverbsatisfactoriness, noun
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