Adjective "satisfactory" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Fulfilling expectations or needs; acceptable, though not outstanding or perfect.
  1. 'The transformation problem is nothing else but a repeated attempt to give a satisfactory answer to the question of how prices are related to labour values.'
  2. 'I fear there is no satisfactory answer to this question.'
  3. 'Although I have pondered and asked and experimented, I have yet to come up with a satisfactory answer to the question of what bestows on a person the right to belong in a culture.'
  4. 'This measure would keep its creditors at bay until it can find a satisfactory solution to its troubles.'
  5. 'Your potential employee doesn't need to be a rocket scientist to come up with satisfactory answers to typical problems in the job they are applying for.'
  6. 'For MacIntyre, moral questions can only be answered in a satisfactory way from within moral communities.'
  7. 'She stared levelly at me, demanding a satisfactory answer.'
  8. 'We had many vets look at him to try and solve his problems, but without any satisfactory answers.'
  9. 'If I was to stay here, I needed to find satisfactory answers to a couple of key questions.'
  10. 'Finding at least partly satisfactory answers to these and similar employment-related problems, requires astute analysis.'
  11. 'Mrs Reeves was ‘satisfactory and improving slightly’ in Middlesbrough General Hospital last night'
  12. 'the verdict is safe and satisfactory'
  13. 'You have not produced satisfactory evidence of your identity, nationality or lawful basis to be in the United Kingdom.'
  14. 'I do not consider the applicant has even now provided satisfactory evidence that she may be unfit to attend the bankruptcy hearing.'


1. giving or affording satisfaction; fulfilling all demands or requirements: a satisfactory solution.

2. Theology. atoning or expiating.

More examples(as adjective)

"proposals can be satisfactory to people."

"transports can be satisfactory in states."

"votes can be satisfactory in percents."

"volumes can be satisfactory at directors."

"surfaces can be satisfactory for numbers."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘leading to the atonement of sin’): from Old French satisfactoire or medieval Latin satisfactorius, from Latin satisfacere ‘to content’ (see satisfy). The current senses date from the mid 17th century.