Definition of satisfaction in US English:



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

    ‘he smiled with satisfaction’
    ‘managing directors seeking greater job satisfaction’
    • ‘The only reward is the satisfaction of an intellectual accomplishment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I felt a satisfaction in caring for Marian and Aidan like I had never experienced.’
    • ‘And the plot amply delivers the expected satisfactions of an intricate puzzle adroitly solved.’
    • ‘Teachers can be motivated by external and internal satisfactions.’
    • ‘I enjoy the satisfaction of bringing justice to those who have been wronged.’
    • ‘It was resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.’
    • ‘And once you get work, you have the satisfaction of knowing you can make it as a model anywhere.’
    • ‘Huxley surmised that life lived as the satisfaction of one desire after another would result in shallow and egotistical people.’
    • ‘Naturally there are commodities that are imported, but several of the restaurant owners get satisfaction out of using local produce.’
    • ‘And there's nothing like the satisfaction of crossing stuff off a to do list.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whatever pleasures or satisfactions can be found are highly dependent on things being exactly the way they are desired.’
    • ‘By saving, individuals indicate a willingness to forgo some more immediate satisfactions for some less immediate satisfactions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Still, the breeds are being kept alive by dedicated hobbyists who value the birds for their beauty and the satisfaction of raising them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Your reward is some money and the satisfaction of completing a really hard mission.’
    • ‘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.’
    contentment, contentedness, content, pleasure, gratification, fulfilment, happiness, sense of well-being, pride, sense of achievement, delight, joy, enjoyment, relish, triumph
    fulfilment, gratification
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    1. 1.1Law The payment of a debt or fulfillment of an obligation or claim.
      ‘in full and final satisfaction of the claim’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is nothing in writing from either party that the cheque was to be accepted as payment in full satisfaction of the plaintiffs' accounts.’
      • ‘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.’
      compensation, recompense, reparation, restitution, repayment, payment, settlement, reimbursement, indemnification, indemnity, damages
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    2. 1.2with 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you don't get satisfaction from state agencies, hire an independent insurance adjuster.’
      • ‘If you can't get satisfaction from your carrier, it's probably better to switch than fight.’
      • ‘Maybe companies shouldn't spend too much time on customers who can't get satisfaction.’
      • ‘And if you don't get satisfaction there, then there probably is a consumer affairs office at your attorney general.’
      compensation, recompense, reparation, damages, indemnification, indemnity, reimbursement, repayment, remuneration, reward, redress
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    3. 1.3Christian Theology Christ's atonement for sin.
    4. 1.4historical The opportunity to defend one's honor in a duel.
      ‘I demand the satisfaction of a gentleman’


  • to one's satisfaction

    • So that one is satisfied.

      ‘some amendments were made, not entirely to his satisfaction’
      • ‘He could not explain it to my satisfaction and it was totally unacceptable.’
      • ‘All the songs charted for the function were rehearsed to her satisfaction.’
      • ‘Once the cushions had been plumped up to her satisfaction, she wouldn't allow her children to sit on them.’
      • ‘The police have said that he's answered all questions to their satisfaction.’
      • ‘I hope you have found everything to your satisfaction?’
      • ‘If the manufacturer doesn't handle your complaints to your satisfaction, seek legal help.’
      • ‘It is not incumbent upon staff to explain the reasons behind that suspicion to your satisfaction.’
      • ‘That's still a critical question that hasn't been answered to my satisfaction yet.’
      • ‘One of my friends went for the special, a chicken filet with a mango and tequila sauce, and it was not at all to his satisfaction.’
      • ‘And if things are not to your satisfaction, they try to work with you to find a satisfactory solution.’


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 fulfillment of the observance required by the confessor, in contrast with the current meaning ‘fulfillment of one's own expectations’.