Definition of satisfaction in English:



  • 1Fulfilment of one's wishes, expectations, or needs, or the pleasure derived from this:

    ‘I looked round with satisfaction’
    ‘managing directors seeking greater job satisfaction’
    • ‘And once you get work, you have the satisfaction of knowing you can make it as a model anywhere.’
    • ‘Whatever pleasures or satisfactions can be found are highly dependent on things being exactly the way they are desired.’
    • ‘Having your own navigator installed in the dash could also be the saviour of relationships, which in the past have been imperilled by one partner's inability to read a map to the satisfaction of the other.’
    • ‘In elementary and middle school I loved the satisfaction and praise I could win by succeeding at the things my school deemed important.’
    • ‘Everyone wants to get satisfaction out of his or her job.’
    • ‘The only reward is the satisfaction of an intellectual accomplishment.’
    • ‘It was resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.’
    • ‘Still, the breeds are being kept alive by dedicated hobbyists who value the birds for their beauty and the satisfaction of raising them.’
    • ‘And the plot amply delivers the expected satisfactions of an intricate puzzle adroitly solved.’
    • ‘The winter equinox brings with it many small satisfactions as you review your achievements over the last six months, and plan ahead for the coming spring and summer.’
    • ‘Naturally there are commodities that are imported, but several of the restaurant owners get satisfaction out of using local produce.’
    • ‘Your reward is some money and the satisfaction of completing a really hard mission.’
    • ‘I enjoy the satisfaction of bringing justice to those who have been wronged.’
    • ‘Owen refuses to gamble; as the dealer, he's always on the winning side, and he takes a sick satisfaction in watching the customers lose their money.’
    • ‘By saving, individuals indicate a willingness to forgo some more immediate satisfactions for some less immediate satisfactions.’
    • ‘Teachers can be motivated by external and internal satisfactions.’
    • ‘And there's nothing like the satisfaction of crossing stuff off a to do list.’
    • ‘We were constantly rewarded with stunning scenic views and the satisfaction of navigating challenging terrain with ease, but we didn't get very far, as the crow flies.’
    • ‘Huxley surmised that life lived as the satisfaction of one desire after another would result in shallow and egotistical people.’
    • ‘I felt a satisfaction in caring for Marian and Aidan like I had never experienced.’
    fulfilment, gratification
    contentment, contentedness, content, pleasure, gratification, fulfilment, happiness, sense of well-being, pride, sense of achievement, delight, joy, enjoyment, relish, triumph
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  • 2Law
    The payment of a debt or fulfilment of an obligation or claim:

    ‘in full and final satisfaction of the claim’
    • ‘Cordelia maintains that Adrian paid nothing for these assets because they were transferred to her in satisfaction of debts owed to her.’
    • ‘The judgment debt is no longer recoverable by the various processes normally available for satisfaction of judgment debts.’
    • ‘There is nothing in writing from either party that the cheque was to be accepted as payment in full satisfaction of the plaintiffs' accounts.’
    • ‘It provided for a lump sum payment by the Husband to the Wife, in satisfaction of all claims which the Wife might have against the Husband.’
    • ‘The respondent shall thus pay the applicant the aforementioned sum in full satisfaction of her claim for unjust enrichment within sixty days of this judgment.’
    compensation, recompense, reparation, restitution, repayment, payment, settlement, reimbursement, indemnification, indemnity, damages
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    1. 2.1[with negative] What is felt to be owed or due to one, especially in reparation of an injustice or wrong:
      ‘the work will come to a halt if the electricity and telephone people don't get satisfaction’
      • ‘Maybe companies shouldn't spend too much time on customers who can't get satisfaction.’
      • ‘If you can't get satisfaction from your carrier, it's probably better to switch than fight.’
      • ‘And if you don't get satisfaction there, then there probably is a consumer affairs office at your attorney general.’
      • ‘If you don't get satisfaction from state agencies, hire an independent insurance adjuster.’
      • ‘Candidates can adopt a few simple guidelines to ensure that they get satisfaction when dealing with recruitment agencies.’
      • ‘The victim or those related to the victim should get satisfaction.’
      compensation, recompense, reparation, damages, indemnification, indemnity, reimbursement, repayment, remuneration, reward, redress
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    2. 2.2historical The opportunity to defend one's honour in a duel:
      ‘I demand the satisfaction of a gentleman’
  • 3Christian Theology
    Christ's atonement for sin.


Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin satisfactio(n-), from satisfacere satisfy, content (see satisfy). The earliest recorded use referred to the last part of religious penance after ‘contrition’ and ‘confession’: this involved fulfilment of the observance required by the confessor, in contrast with the current meaning ‘fulfilment of one's own expectations’.