Definition of unsatisfactory in English:



  • 1Not satisfactory; not good enough:

    ‘years of living in unsatisfactory rented accommodation’
    • ‘Property services, which were poor at the last inspection have improved little and remain unsatisfactory.’
    • ‘Essential repairs have been carried out but accommodation was still found to be unsatisfactory in the latest inspection.’
    • ‘This is unsatisfactory as my urgent issues remain unanswered.’
    • ‘More than half of the teaching was unsatisfactory, aspects of management were weak and attendance was poor.’
    • ‘Clearly she still struggles with her emotions about the police and believes their driving in London is unsatisfactory.’
    • ‘Staff leading these lessons were judged unsatisfactory or poor.’
    • ‘Her first two collections were very much preoccupied with relationships, most of which were unsatisfactory.’
    • ‘Never stop the payment of your cheque after it is issued because of unsatisfactory work, without taking legal advice.’
    • ‘All in all it's been a boring, unsatisfactory day and, at the end of it, I'm not in the least reluctant to apply head to pillow.’
    • ‘It is true that since its opening we have had problems and I have acknowledged that the level of service has been unsatisfactory.’
    • ‘It takes courage to make such a joke, to admit that those who died were not paragons but incomplete, unsatisfactory human beings.’
    • ‘Teaching in a third of lessons was graded unsatisfactory or poor, while learning in two fifths of lessons was below standard.’
    • ‘Their social, moral and spiritual development is unsatisfactory.’
    • ‘It was a thoroughly unsatisfactory way to concede the three points but entirely in keeping with a game that never threatened to catch fire.’
    • ‘Was their design unsatisfactory for the safety of the drivers?’
    • ‘Their inadequacy apart, this is totally unsatisfactory as it takes several minutes to cross from one platform to the other.’
    • ‘Water entered through the roof and the water supply was unsatisfactory, being dirty in wet weather and deficient in dry.’
    • ‘For somebody to get four months is absolutely unsatisfactory.’
    • ‘Having broken up with a long-term girlfriend, he embarked upon a series of unsatisfactory relationships.’
    • ‘Standards are above average, but achievement is poor as a result of unsatisfactory teaching and attendance.’
    disappointing, dissatisfying, undesirable, disagreeable, displeasing, deplorable
    inadequate, unacceptable, unworthy, poor, bad, substandard, weak, mediocre, lacking, not good enough, defective, deficient, insufficient, faulty, imperfect, inferior
    terrible, intolerable, insufferable
    impermissible, inadmissible, inappropriate, unsuitable
    lousy, sad, leaving a lot to be desired, no great shakes, not much cop, not up to par, not up to scratch
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  • 2Law

    another term for unsafe
    • ‘Really, the R v R and Doney are dealing more with the unsafe and unsatisfactory question.’
    • ‘That seems to have nothing whatever to do with whether it was an unsafe or unsatisfactory verdict.’
    • ‘Is that what Justice Fitzgerald meant by another unsatisfactory appeal from the District Court?’
    • ‘The first appeal was on the unsafe and unsatisfactory ground alone, was it?’
    • ‘Do you invite this Court to conduct the review to determine whether or not the verdict is unsatisfactory?’