n.1 the act or an instance of satisfying; the state of being satisfied (heard this with great satisfaction).
2 a thing that satisfies desire or gratifies feeling (is a great satisfaction to me).
3 a thing that settles an obligation or pays a debt.
4 a (foll. by for) atonement; compensation (demanded satisfaction). b Theol. Christ's atonement for the sins of mankind.
Phrases and idioms:
to one's satisfaction so that one is satisfied.
Etymology: ME f. OF f. L satisfactio -onis (as SATISFY)