Definition of unsatisfying in US English:

unsatisfying

adjective

  • Not satisfying.

    ‘an unsatisfying relationship’
    • ‘It seeks to find a compromise in which the paper often comes out best, publishing a small correction or a letter, which people find unsatisfying.’
    • ‘Without agreed rules to play by, and strict sanctions against those who break them, sport would soon descend into unsatisfying anarchy.’
    • ‘It was extremely unsatisfying and while it didn't spoil the good parts of the movie leading up to it, it sure put a horrid taste in my mouth as I finished watching it.’
    • ‘This is in no way an unsatisfying conclusion, however, as, thanks to Penalva's skill at weaving words, the truth of the tale is in the telling.’
    • ‘He had years of brief, unsatisfying relationships and even briefer flings to prove it.’
    • ‘It's weak, it's thin, it's insipid and it's desperately unsatisfying.’
    • ‘In the end, Wilson's timidity makes the book unsatisfying; but at least there's the sound of debate in its pages.’
    • ‘If this provision sounds unsatisfying, that is because it is.’
    • ‘Marston's movie leaves you with an unsatisfying feeling that the comparison has been coyly hinted at, but left unexplored.’
    • ‘The intention was good, even if the result is unsatisfying.’
    • ‘Tom finds work unsatisfying and exhausting.’
    • ‘But, as with such crimes in real life, such an answer is deeply unsatisfying.’
    • ‘This is a brave, fascinating book, but strangely unsatisfying.’
    • ‘And the story holds together fairly well, apart from the slightly abrupt and unsatisfying ending.’
    • ‘Yet, watching him in parliament during his weekly exchanges remains a deeply unsatisfying experience.’
    • ‘The first time I put my knife and fork down was after my last mouthful, it was rushed, and totally unsatisfying.’
    • ‘Taking notes at one of his interviews is unsatisfying.’
    • ‘An unsatisfying relationship with a boyfriend was exacerbated by the type of women with whom he consorted.’
    • ‘They were all very fascinating, but ultimately unsatisfying.’
    • ‘So what it is that is so unsatisfying about modern pop records then?’
    deficient, inadequate, lacking, insufficient, imperfect, not up to par, not up to standard, not good enough, disappointing, unacceptable, not acceptable, not up to expectations, leaving much to be desired, flawed, faulty, defective, impaired, unsound, substandard, inferior, second-rate, poor, shabby, shoddy, patchy, sketchy, limited, restricted, incomplete, unfinished, unpolished, unrefined
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Pronunciation

unsatisfying

/ˌənˈsædəsˌfaɪɪŋ//ˌənˈsadəsˌfīiNG/