Definition of unsatisfactory in US English:



  • Unacceptable because poor or not good enough.

    ‘an unsatisfactory situation’
    • ‘It is true that since its opening we have had problems and I have acknowledged that the level of service has been unsatisfactory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their inadequacy apart, this is totally unsatisfactory as it takes several minutes to cross from one platform to the other.’
    • ‘It takes courage to make such a joke, to admit that those who died were not paragons but incomplete, unsatisfactory human beings.’
    • ‘Essential repairs have been carried out but accommodation was still found to be unsatisfactory in the latest inspection.’
    • ‘Her first two collections were very much preoccupied with relationships, most of which were unsatisfactory.’
    • ‘More than half of the teaching was unsatisfactory, aspects of management were weak and attendance was poor.’
    • ‘For somebody to get four months is absolutely unsatisfactory.’
    • ‘Standards are above average, but achievement is poor as a result of unsatisfactory teaching and attendance.’
    • ‘Water entered through the roof and the water supply was unsatisfactory, being dirty in wet weather and deficient in dry.’
    • ‘Property services, which were poor at the last inspection have improved little and remain unsatisfactory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Was their design unsatisfactory for the safety of the drivers?’
    • ‘Clearly she still struggles with her emotions about the police and believes their driving in London is unsatisfactory.’
    • ‘This is unsatisfactory as my urgent issues remain unanswered.’
    • ‘Having broken up with a long-term girlfriend, he embarked upon a series of unsatisfactory relationships.’
    • ‘Never stop the payment of your cheque after it is issued because of unsatisfactory work, without taking legal advice.’
    • ‘It was a thoroughly unsatisfactory way to concede the three points but entirely in keeping with a game that never threatened to catch fire.’
    • ‘Staff leading these lessons were judged unsatisfactory or poor.’
    disappointing, dissatisfying, undesirable, disagreeable, displeasing, deplorable
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