from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Giving satisfaction sufficient to meet a demand or requirement; adequate. synonym: sufficient.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Affording satisfaction; satisfying; that fully gratifies or contents; fulfilling all demands or requirements: as, to make satisfactory arrangements; to give a satisfactory account; a satisfactory state of affairs.
  • Making reparation, atonement, or expiation; expiatory.
  • Synonyms Gratifying, pleasing, sufficient, convincing, conclusive, decisive. See satisfy.
  • noun A place or means of atonement or retribution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Giving or producing satisfaction; yielding content; especially, relieving the mind from doubt or uncertainty, and enabling it to rest with confidence; sufficient.
  • adjective Making amends, indemnification, or recompense; causing to cease from claims and to rest content; compensating; atoning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Done to satisfaction; adequate or sufficient

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective giving satisfaction
  • adjective meeting requirements


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    MIKADO. Yes, with most affecting particulars.

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    gentleman," and a gentleman is told off to be killed.

    Consequently, that gentleman is as good as dead--practically, he is dead--and if he is dead, why not say so?

    MIKADO. I see. Nothing could possibly be more satisfactory!

    -- Gilbert & Sullivan

    August 21, 2008