Confusing words: Dissatisfied and Unsatisfied



Dissatisfied (not “disatisfied”) applies to people who are unhappy, frustrated, or disappointed with someone or something:

  • Professor Bower was dissatisfied with her students’ poor essays.
  • The company’s dissatisfied employees organized a boycott.
  • We were dissatisfied with our insurance company’s customer service.
  • She was completely dissatisfied with his attitude.



Unsatisfied refers to the feeling of wanting more of something:

  • The restaurant’s delicious but meager appetizers left us hungry students unsatisfied; we wanted more of everything.
  • I was unsatisfied with the game’s intriguing demo: it was too short.
  • I was completely unsatisfied with my 15-minute nap, so I’m going to sleep some more.



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