synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of satisfactory in English

English Online Dictionary. What means satisfactory‎? What does satisfactory mean?



Borrowed from Middle French satisfactoire, from Late Latin satisfactōrius, from Latin satisfactus, past participle of satisfaciō.


  • IPA(key): /sætɪsˈfækt(ə)ɹi/
  • Rhymes: -æktəɹi


satisfactory (comparative more satisfactory, superlative most satisfactory)

  1. Done to satisfaction; adequate or sufficient.
    The satisfactory results of the survey led to his promotion.
  2. Causing satisfaction; agreeable or pleasant; satisfying.
  3. (theology) Making atonement for a sin; expiatory.

Usage notes

Although structurally similar (both being derived from satisfy and describing that which produces satisfaction), satisfactory (def. 1) and satisfying differ in connotation. Satisfactory connotes "adequate, conforming to standards," while satisfying connotes "pleasing, or sufficient to remove any feeling of lack." An answer to a question or the outcome of a situation, for example, could be satisfactory without being satisfying, if it met the requirements but left one wanting more.

Derived terms

  • satisfactorily (adv)
  • unsatisfactory (adj)

Related terms

  • satisfaction (n)
  • satisfied (adj)



satisfactory (plural satisfactories)

  1. Somebody or something that meets requirements without exceeding them.
  2. The rating given to somebody or something that meets requirements without exceeding them.

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