Definition of “satisfactory” - English Dictionary

“satisfactory” in British English

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satisfactoryadjective

uk /ˌsæt.ɪsˈfæk.tər.i/ us /ˌsæt̬.ɪsˈfæk.tɚ.i/

B2 good or good enough for a particular need or purpose:

The teachers seem to think his work is satisfactory.
We hope very much to find a satisfactory solution to the problem.
The outcome of the discussion was highly satisfactory (= very pleasing).

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  • I still haven't received a satisfactory explanation.
  • The meeting failed to produce a satisfactory outcome.
  • He was at the time making satisfactory progress at school.
  • I am convinced that in time we will find a satisfactory solution to the problem.
  • Can we now be sure that schools are providing education of a satisfactory standard?
satisfactorily
adverb uk /ˌsæt.ɪsˈfæk.tər.əl.i/ us /ˌsæt̬.ɪsˈfæk.tɚ.əl.i/

C1

I'm sure these problems can be satisfactorily resolved.

(Definition of “satisfactory” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“satisfactory” in American English

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satisfactoryadjective

us /ˌsæt̬·əsˈfæk·tə·ri/

good or good enough, esp. for a particular need or purpose:

We did not feel the response was satisfactory and asked for more information.
Her progress so far has been satisfactory, and we expect a full recovery.
satisfactorily
adverb us /ˌsæt̬·əsˈfæk·tər·ə·li/

The heating system is working satisfactorily now.

(Definition of “satisfactory” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“satisfactory” in Business English

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satisfactoryadjective

uk /ˌsætɪsˈfæktəri/ us

good or good enough for a particular need or purpose:

a satisfactory outcome/result/solution
a satisfactory performance/progress
do a satisfactory job The task of the customer's representative is to get a satisfactory job done as economically as possible.

(Definition of “satisfactory” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)