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    Hello

    What is the difference between these two adjectives "unsatisfied" and "dissatisfied"?
    Can we use them instead of each other?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkarimi View Post
    Hello

    What is the difference between these two adjectives "unsatisfied" and "dissatisfied"?
    Can we use them instead of each other?

    Kind regards
    To me, they mean the same, in most cases - where the meaning relates to a person being content with something.
    "I'm unsatisfied/dissatisfied with this haircut/salary/job/excuse ..."

    However, I can think of cases where the meaning might be different - when you mean 'incomplete', or 'not meeting the requirements'. For example:
    If one does not have enough to eat, one's hunger is 'unsatisfied'. One's hunger is not 'dissatisfied'.
    If the conditions for something are not satisfied, you must use 'unsatisfied'. Eg, "The equation x + y = 5 is unsatisfied by x = 2 and y = 1." An equation can't be dissatisfied with two values.
    "The prerequisites for your passing this course are so far unsatisfied". Not 'dissatisfied'.

    I'd say, to put it simply, that inanimate things can't be dissatisfied.

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    Default Re: Difference

    Quote Originally Posted by mkarimi View Post
    Hello

    What is the difference between these two adjectives "unsatisfied" and "dissatisfied"?
    Can we use them instead of each other?

    Kind regards
    They are different. "Dissatisfied refers to a particular event leaving one unsatisfied. Unsatified is a state of mind that can't be quenched by a particular thing." Source


    Click on this link Dissatisfied, Unsatisfied


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