Student or Learner
"I am dissatisfied/unsatisfied with the text you've written."
I've done some reading on the differences between "dissatisfied" and "unsatisfied," but I'm not sure that I quite get them. Could someone provide a clear explanation? Are both words possible in my example?
unsatisfied implies that a wish, need, or expectation that previously existed has not been satisfied; dissatisfied implies no such prior existence, but simply registers a failure to be satisfied
dissatisfied apples to people who are unhappy, frustrated with something
unsatisfied refers to needing more
Jackie was dissatified with the teacher's answer to her question
They were dissatisfied with the standard of care offered by their local hospital
Jackie had eated two bags of crisps but her hunger was still unsatisfied
His thirst was unsatisfied so he needed more water
Following on from minnieuk. see:
unsatisfied - definition of unsatisfied by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
dissatisfied, unsatisfied - Only a person can be dissatisfied, while an abstract thing (such as hunger) can be unsatisfied.See also related terms for hunger.
PS I also agree with Fivejedjon
Last edited by Route21; 30-Mar-2011 at 10:28.
I think "unsatisfied" could also work in my example.
Let's assume that someone really likes another person's style of writing. So she asks that person to write something for her. And he does. But that doesn't quench her literary thirst, so she says, "I am unsatisfied with the text you wrote; I want more."
However, minnnieuk and R21 are right - Only a person can be 'dissatisfied', whereas an abstract thing can be 'unsatisfied' e.g. thirst, hunger, need.