From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsatisfactorysat‧is‧fac‧to‧ry /ˌsætəsˈfæktəri◂/ ●●○ adjectiveGOOD ENOUGHsomething that is satisfactory seems good enough for you, or good enough for a particular situation or purpose opp unsatisfactoryHis progress this term has been satisfactory.satisfactory to/foran arrangement that is satisfactory to both sidessatisfactory explanation/answerThere seems to be no satisfactory explanation.perfectly/entirely/wholly satisfactoryNone of the solutions was entirely satisfactory.satisfactory result/outcome/resolution —satisfactorily adverbThe question has not been satisfactorily answered.COLLOCATIONSadverbsvery/highly/most satisfactoryAfter her initial difficulties she has made a very satisfactory recovery.perfectly/quite satisfactoryFor a small amount of cream, a wire whisk is perfectly satisfactory.not entirely/wholly/completelyFrege’s theory is not entirely satisfactory.far from satisfactoryThis system was far from satisfactory for a number of reasons.
THESAURUSsatisfactory good enough – often used when something reaches a fairly good standard, but is not of a high standardHer grades are satisfactory.For a beginner, this camera produces satisfactory results.all right/OK spoken not bad, but not very goodThe meal was all right, but rather expensive.‘How was the film?’ ‘It was OK.’reasonable fairly gooda reasonable standard of livingThe quality of the food was reasonable.acceptable if something is acceptable to you, you think it is good enough and you are willing to take itan acceptable offer an acceptable level of risk They can't find a solution that is acceptable to both sides. adequate enough in quantity, or of a good enough standard. Adequate sounds rather formal and is used especially in officialcontextsan adequate supply of drinking water adequate standards of hygiene decent especially spoken good enough in quality – used especially when something is as good as most other thingsI want my kids to get a decent education.Where can I get a decent cup of coffee?The food’s decent and the service is good.passable satisfactory, but not of the best quality – used especially about food and drink, or someone’s skill at doing something. Passable sounds rather formala passable French wineHis Japanese was passable.a passable imitation of Barack Obamabe up to scratch informal to be of a good enough standardHis work wasn’t up to scratch.None of the hotels they suggested were up to scratch.will do informal to be good enough for a particular purposeAny kind of paper will do. ‘How about Ken?’ ‘I suppose he’ll do.’