[ uhn-sat-is-fak-tuh-ree ]
/ ˌʌn sæt ɪsˈfæk tə ri /


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


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Origin of unsatisfactory

First recorded in 1630–40; un-1 + satisfactory

OTHER WORDS FROM unsatisfactory

un·sat·is·fac·to·ri·ly, adverbun·sat·is·fac·to·ri·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unsatisfactory

/ (ˌʌnsætɪsˈfæktərɪ, -trɪ) /


not adequate or suitable; unacceptable
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