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From Middle English satisfaccioun, from Old French satisfaccion and Latin satisfactiō, satisfactiōnis.


  • IPA(key): /sætɪsˈfækʃən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ækʃən


satisfaction (countable and uncountable, plural satisfactions)

  1. A fulfilment of a need or desire.
    He enjoyed the dish with great satisfaction. He'll order it again the next time he arrives.
  2. The pleasure obtained by such fulfillment.
    • November 4, 1860, Henry David Thoreau, letter to Mr. D. R.
      This life is not for complaint, but for satisfaction.
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter I, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      Selwyn, sitting up rumpled and cross-legged on the floor, after having boloed Drina to everybody's exquisite satisfaction, looked around at the sudden rustle of skirts to catch a glimpse of a vanishing figure—a glimmer of ruddy hair and the white curve of a youthful face, half-buried in a muff.
  3. The source of such gratification.
  4. A reparation for an injury or loss.
  5. A vindication for a wrong suffered.
    The count demanded satisfaction in the form of a duel at dawn.

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Borrowed from Latin satisfactio, satisfactionem.



satisfaction f (uncountable)

  1. satisfaction
  2. fulfilment
    Synonym: assouvissement
  3. pleasure
    Synonym: plaisir

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