not satisfactory; not satisfying or meeting one's demands; inadequate.

Origin of unsatisfactory

First recorded in 1630–40; un-1 + satisfactory
Related formsun·sat·is·fac·to·ri·ly, adverbun·sat·is·fac·to·ri·ness, noun

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not adequate or suitable; unacceptable
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Word Origin and History for unsatisfactory

1640s, from un- (1) "not" + satisfactory.

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