- Satisfaction is getting what you wanted or desired or the payment of a debt.
- An example of satisfaction is feeling content after you get a good job and get married.
- An example of satisfaction is when you repay your credit card bill in full.
- a satisfying or being satisfied
- something that satisfies; specif.,
- anything that brings gratification, pleasure, or contentment
- settlement of debt; discharge of obligation
- reparation for injury or insult
- Theol. atonement for sin
Origin of satisfactionMiddle English satisfaccioun ; from Old French satisfaction ; from Classical Latin satisfactio
- to satisfy
- to accept a challenge to duel
- a. The fulfillment or gratification of a desire, need, or appetite: wanted more space and found satisfaction in a new apartment.b. Pleasure or contentment derived from such gratification: took satisfaction in being vindicated.c. An instance of being satisfied or a source of gratification: “Cultivate some artistic talent, for you will find it the most durable of satisfactions” (Randolph Bourne).
- Assurance beyond doubt or question; complete conviction: You must prove your case to the satisfaction of the court.
- a. Compensation for injury or loss; reparation.b. The opportunity to avenge a wrong; vindication.
Origin of satisfactionMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin satisfactiō, satisfactiōn-, amends, from satisfactus, past participle of satisfacere, to satisfy; see satisfy.
- A fulfillment of a need or desire.
- He enjoyed the dish with great satisfaction. He'll order it again the next time he arrives.
- The pleasure obtained by such fulfillment.
- "This life is not for complaint, but for satisfaction." - Henry David Thoreau
- The source of such gratification.
- A reparation for an injury or loss.
- A vindication for a wrong suffered.
From Latin satisfactio.
satisfaction - Legal Definition
A giving of something in order to release oneself from, or to satisfy, some outstanding obligation, be it legal or moral. Satisfaction requires the giving of one thing for another and should be distinguished from performance, which requires only the promising to give something. Also, payment in full, done to fulfill a contractual obligation or debt.