unsatisfactory

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

adjective

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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unsatisfactory

/ (ˌʌnsætɪsˈfæktərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

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

unsatisfactory


adj.

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

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