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    satisfying/satisfactory

    This is a very (or: completely) satisfying/satisfactory conclusion.

    When there's no adverb of degree before these two adjectives, it is easy to understand them because I think 'satisfactory' means 'good enough or good as required'. But when adverbs like 'very', 'completely', 'entirely' or 'perfectly' is put before them, are they still different in meaning?

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    Re: satisfying/satisfactory

    According to Collins COBUILD Dictionary on CD-Room 2006:
    Something that is satisfactory is acceptable to you or fulfills a particular need or purpose.
    I never got a satisfactory answer...
    = acceptable
    Something that is satisfying makes you feel happy, especially because you feel you have achieved something.
    I found wood carving satisfying.
    Last edited by olj; 16-Jun-2008 at 23:11.

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