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Good vs. Satisfactory: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
"Good" implies a higher quality or standard, often exceeding expectations, while "satisfactory" denotes adequacy, meeting basic requirements or expectations.
Good vs. Satisfactory

Key Differences

"Good" often conveys a sense of excellence or superiority, suggesting something is better than average. "Satisfactory," in contrast, implies adequacy without excess quality, indicating that something meets the basic standards or expectations but does not surpass them.
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In evaluating performance, "good" is used to describe a higher level of achievement, implying commendable aspects. "Satisfactory," however, is used when something fulfills requirements but doesn't necessarily exhibit traits that would elevate it beyond the basic level.
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When assessing products or services, "good" denotes a level of quality that may elicit positive reactions and satisfaction beyond the essential. In contrast, "satisfactory" suggests that the product or service meets the minimal acceptable standards, without necessarily providing additional value.
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In educational contexts, a "good" grade indicates a strong understanding and above-average performance, while a "satisfactory" grade reflects competence but not exceptional understanding or skill.
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In personal relationships, being described as "good" implies positive traits and a strong connection, whereas being deemed "satisfactory" might suggest adequacy in fulfilling roles or obligations without implying a particularly strong or positive bond.
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Comparison Chart

Connotation

Positive, often above average
Neutral, meets basic standards
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Performance Level

High, exceeds expectations
Adequate, meets expectations
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Quality Implication

Superior, commendable
Acceptable, sufficient
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Educational Context

Above-average understanding
Basic competence
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Strong, positive traits
Adequate, fulfills obligations
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Good and Satisfactory Definitions

Good

Morally excellent.
Her actions were good and benevolent.
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Satisfactory

Meeting the required standards.
The report was satisfactory to the committee.
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Good

Pleasing or satisfactory.
The food at the restaurant was really good.
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Satisfactory

Adequate, though not outstanding or excellent.
His performance was satisfactory, but not exceptional.
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Good

Being positive or desirable in nature; not bad or poor
A good experience.
Good news from the hospital.
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Satisfactory

Providing enough, but not the best.
The hotel accommodations were satisfactory for our short stay.
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Good

Having the qualities that are desirable or distinguishing in a particular thing
A good exterior paint.
A good joke.
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Satisfactory

Giving satisfaction sufficient to meet a demand or requirement; adequate.
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Good

Serving the desired purpose or end; suitable
Is this a good dress for the party?.
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Satisfactory

Done to satisfaction; adequate or sufficient.
The satisfactory results of the survey led to his promotion.
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Good

Not spoiled or ruined
The milk is still good.
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Satisfactory

Causing satisfaction; agreeable or pleasant; satisfying.
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Good

In excellent condition; sound
A good tooth.
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Satisfactory

(theology) Making atonement for a sin; expiatory.
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Good

Superior to the average; satisfactory
A good student.
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Satisfactory

Somebody or something that meets requirements without exceeding them.
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Used formerly to refer to the US Government grade of meat higher than standard and lower than choice.
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The rating given to somebody or something that meets requirements without exceeding them.
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Good

Of high quality
Good books.
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Satisfactory

Giving or producing satisfaction; yielding content; especially, relieving the mind from doubt or uncertainty, and enabling it to rest with confidence; sufficient; as, a satisfactory account or explanation.
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Good

Discriminating
Good taste.
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Satisfactory

Making amends, indemnification, or recompense; causing to cease from claims and to rest content; compensating; atoning; as, to make satisfactory compensation, or a satisfactory apology.
A most wise and sufficient means of redemption and salvation, by the satisfactory and meritorious death and obedience of the incarnate Son of God, Jesus Christ.
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Good

Of moral excellence; upright
A good person.
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Satisfactory

Giving satisfaction;
Satisfactory living conditions
His grades were satisfactory
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Good

Benevolent; kind
A good soul.
A good heart.
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Satisfactory

Meeting requirements;
The step makes a satisfactory seat
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Good

Loyal; staunch
A good Republican.
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Satisfactory

Fulfilling obligations or requirements.
The repair work was satisfactory and met all our needs.
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Good

Well-behaved; obedient
A good child.
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Satisfactory

Acceptable, though not impressive.
The test results were satisfactory, yet there's room for improvement.
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Good

Socially correct; proper
Good manners.
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Good

Worthy of respect; honorable
Ruined the family's good name.
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Good

Attractive; handsome
Good looks.
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Good

Beneficial to health; salutary
A good night's rest.
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Good

Competent; skilled
A good machinist.
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Good

Complete; thorough
A good workout.
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Good

Reliable; sure
A good investment.
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Good

Valid or true
A good reason.
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Good

Genuine; real
A good dollar bill.
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Good

In effect; operative
A warranty good for two years.
A driver's license that is still good.
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Good

Ready or able for a specified or assumed activity
I'm good for another round of golf.
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Good

Able to pay or contribute
Is she good for the money that you lent her?.
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Able to elicit a specified reaction
He is always good for a laugh.
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Good

Ample; substantial
A good income.
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Good

Bountiful
A good table.
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Good

Full
It is a good mile from here.
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Good

Pleasant; enjoyable
Had a good time at the party.
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Good

Propitious; favorable
Good weather.
A good omen.
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Good

Landing within bounds or within a particular area of a court and therefore in play
The first serve was wide, but the second was good.
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Good

Passing between the uprights of the goal and therefore scoring, as a field goal in football.
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Good

Used to form exclamatory phrases expressing surprise or dismay
Good heavens! Good grief!.
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Good

Something that is good.
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Good

A good, valuable, or useful part or aspect.
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Good

Welfare; benefit
For the common good.
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Good

Goodness; virtue
There is much good to be found in people.
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Good

A product that is bought and sold
Frozen goods.
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Goods Portable personal property.
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(used with a sing. or pl. verb) Fabric; material.
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Goods(Slang) Incriminating information or evidence
Tried to get the goods on the crook.
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Good

Well.
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Good

(of people)
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Acting in the interest of what is beneficial, ethical, or moral.
Good intentions
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Good

Competent or talented.
A good swimmer
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Good

Able to be depended on for the discharge of obligations incurred; of unimpaired credit; used with for.
Can you lend me fifty dollars? You know I'm good for it.
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Good

Well-behaved (especially of children or animals).
Be good while your mother and I are out.
Were you a good boy for the babysitter?
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Good

(US) Satisfied or at ease; not requiring more.
Would you like a glass of water? — I'm good.
[Are] you good? — Yeah, I'm fine.
Gimme another beer! — I think you're good.
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Good

Accepting of, OK with
My mother said she's good with me being alone with my date as long as she's met them first.
The soup is rather spicy. Are you good with that, or would you like something else?
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Good

(archaic) Of high rank or birth.
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Good

(of capabilities)
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Good

Useful for a particular purpose; functional.
It’s a good watch;
The flashlight batteries are still good
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Good

Effective.
A good worker
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Good

(obsolete) Real; actual; serious.
In good sooth
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Good

(properties and qualities)
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Good

(of food)
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Good

Of food or other perishable products, still fit for use; not yet expired, stale, rotten, etc.
The bread is still good.
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Good

Valid, of worth, capable of being honoured.
This coupon is good for a free doughnut.
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Good

True, valid, of explanatory strength.
This theory still holds good even if much higher temperatures are assumed.
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Good

Healthful.
Exercise and a varied diet are good for you.
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Good

Pleasant; enjoyable.
We had a good time.
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Good

Favourable.
A good omen;
Good weather
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Good

Unblemished; honourable.
A person's good name
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Good

Beneficial; worthwhile.
A good job
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Good

Adequate; sufficient; not fallacious.
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Very, extremely. See good and.
The soup is good and hot.
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Good

(colloquial) Ready
I'm good when you are.
The reports are good to go.
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Good

Holy especially when capitalized .
Good Friday, Good Wednesday, the Good Book
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(of quantities)
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Good

Reasonable in amount.
All in good time
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Good

Large in amount or size.
A good while longer;
A good number of seeds;
A good part of his day was spent shopping.
It will be a good while longer until he's done.
He's had a good amount of troubles, he has.
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Good

Full; entire; at least as much as.
This hill will take a good hour and a half to climb.
The car was a good ten miles away.
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Good

That is good; an elliptical exclamation of satisfaction or commendation.
Good! I can leave now.
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Good

(nonstandard) Well; satisfactorily or thoroughly.
The boy done good. (did well)
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Good

(uncountable) The forces or behaviours that are the enemy of evil. Usually consists of helping others and general benevolence.
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(countable) A result that is positive in the view of the speaker.
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(uncountable) The abstract instantiation of goodness; that which possesses desirable qualities, promotes success, welfare, or happiness, is serviceable, fit, excellent, kind, benevolent, etc.
The best is the enemy of the good.
He is an influence for good on those girls.
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An item of merchandise.
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To thrive; fatten; prosper; improve.
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(transitive) To make good; turn to good; improve.
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(intransitive) To make improvements or repairs.
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(intransitive) To benefit; gain.
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(transitive) To do good to (someone); benefit; cause to improve or gain.
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(transitive) To satisfy; indulge; gratify.
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(reflexive) To flatter; congratulate oneself; anticipate.
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To furnish with dung; manure; fatten with manure; fertilise.
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Possessing desirable qualities; adapted to answer the end designed; promoting success, welfare, or happiness; serviceable; useful; fit; excellent; admirable; commendable; not bad, corrupt, evil, noxious, offensive, or troublesome, etc.
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.
Good company, good wine, good welcome.
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Good

Possessing moral excellence or virtue; virtuous; pious; religious; - said of persons or actions.
In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works.
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Kind; benevolent; humane; merciful; gracious; polite; propitious; friendly; well-disposed; - often followed by to or toward, also formerly by unto.
The men were very good unto us.
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Serviceable; suited; adapted; suitable; of use; to be relied upon; - followed especially by for.
All quality that is good for anything is founded originally in merit.
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Good

Clever; skillful; dexterous; ready; handy; - followed especially by at.
He . . . is a good workman; a very good tailor.
Those are generally good at flattering who are good for nothing else.
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Adequate; sufficient; competent; sound; not fallacious; valid; in a commercial sense, to be depended on for the discharge of obligations incurred; having pecuniary ability; of unimpaired credit.
My reasons are both good and weighty.
My meaning in saying he is a good man is . . . that he is sufficient . . . I think I may take his bond.
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Good

Real; actual; serious; as in the phrases in good earnest; in good sooth.
Love no man in good earnest.
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Good

Not small, insignificant, or of no account; considerable; esp., in the phrases a good deal, a good way, a good degree, a good share or part, etc.
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Good

Not lacking or deficient; full; complete.
Good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over.
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Good

Not blemished or impeached; fair; honorable; unsullied; as in the phrases a good name, a good report, good repute, etc.
A good name is better than precious ointment
The good woman never died after this, till she came to die for good and all.
Distinguished by good humor and good breeding.
My father always said I was born to be a good for nothing.
The good nature and generosity which belonged to his character.
The young count's good nature and easy persuadability were among his best characteristics.
The good will of a trade is nothing more than the probability that the old customers will resort to the old place.
Each word made good and true.
Of no power to make his wishes good.
I . . . would by combat make her good.
Convenient numbers to make good the city.
If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear.
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Good

That which possesses desirable qualities, promotes success, welfare, or happiness, is serviceable, fit, excellent, kind, benevolent, etc.; - opposed to evil.
There be many that say, Who will show us any good ?
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Good

Advancement of interest or happiness; welfare; prosperity; advantage; benefit; - opposed to harm, etc.
The good of the whole community can be promoted only by advancing the good of each of the members composing it.
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Good

Wares; commodities; chattels; - formerly used in the singular in a collective sense. In law, a comprehensive name for almost all personal property as distinguished from land or real property.
He hath made us spend much good.
Thy lands and goodsAre, by the laws of Venice, confiscateUnto the state of Venice.
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Good

Well, - especially in the phrase as good, with a following as expressed or implied; equally well with as much advantage or as little harm as possible.
As good almost kill a man as kill a good book.
They who counsel ye to such a suppressing, do as good as bid ye suppress yourselves.
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Good

To make good; to turn to good.
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Good

To manure; to improve.
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Benefit;
For your own good
What's the good of worrying?
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Moral excellence or admirableness;
There is much good to be found in people
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That which is good or valuable or useful;
Weigh the good against the bad
Among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization
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Good

Having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified;
Good news from the hospital
A good report card
When she was good she was very very good
A good knife is one good for cutting
This stump will make a good picnic table
A good check
A good joke
A good exterior paint
A good secretary
A good dress for the office
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Good

Having the normally expected amount;
Gives full measure
Gives good measure
A good mile from here
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Good

Morally admirable
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Deserving of esteem and respect;
All respectable companies give guarantees
Ruined the family's good name
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Promoting or enhancing well-being;
An arms limitation agreement beneficial to all countries
The beneficial effects of a temperate climate
The experience was good for her
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Good

Superior to the average;
In fine spirits
A fine student
Made good grades
Morale was good
Had good weather for the parade
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Agreeable or pleasing;
We all had a good time
Good manners
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Good

Of moral excellence;
A genuinely good person
A just cause
An upright and respectable man
The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous
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Good

Having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude;
Adept in handicrafts
An adept juggler
An expert job
A good mechanic
A practiced marksman
A proficient engineer
A lesser-known but no less skillful composer
The effect was achieved by skillful retouching
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Good

Thorough;
Had a good workout
Gave the house a good cleaning
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With or in a close or intimate relationship;
A good friend
My sisters and brothers are near and dear
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Having or showing or arising from a desire to promote the welfare or happiness of others;
His benevolent smile
A benevolent nature
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Financially sound;
A good investment
A secure investment
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Good

Most suitable or right for a particular purpose;
A good time to plant tomatoes
The right time to act
The time is ripe for great sociological changes
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Good

Resulting favorably;
Its a good thing that I wasn't there
It is good that you stayed
It is well that no one saw you
All's well that ends well
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Good

Exerting force or influence;
The law is effective immediately
A warranty good for two years
The law is already in effect (or in force)
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Good

Feeling healthy and free of aches and pains;
I feel good
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Good

Capable of pleasing;
Good looks
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Good

Appealing to the mind;
Good music
A serious book
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Good

In excellent physical condition;
Good teeth
I still have one good leg
A sound mind in a sound body
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Good

Tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health;
Beneficial effects of a balanced diet
A good night's sleep
The salutary influence of pure air
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Good

Not forged;
A good dollar bill
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Good

Not left to spoil;
The meat is still good
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Good

Generally admired;
Good taste
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Good

(often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well');
The children behaved well
A task well done
The party went well
He slept well
A well-argued thesis
A well-planned party
The baby can walk pretty good
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Good

In a complete and thorough manner (`good' is sometimes used informally for `thoroughly');
He was soundly defeated
We beat him good
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Good

Competent or skillful.
He is a good musician.
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Good

Beneficial or advantageous.
Regular exercise is good for health.
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Good

Reliable or dependable.
She gave us some good advice.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Is "good" always better than "satisfactory"?

Yes, "good" typically implies a higher standard than "satisfactory."
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Can something be both good and satisfactory?

Yes, something can be both if it meets and exceeds basic standards.
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Can "satisfactory" imply room for improvement?

Yes, it suggests adequacy with potential for betterment.
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Is "good" subjective?

Yes, perceptions of what is good can vary between individuals.
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Is "satisfactory" a negative term?

No, it's neutral, indicating basic standards are met.
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Does "good" always mean the same level of quality?

No, it can vary depending on context and expectations.
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Can businesses aim for just satisfactory?

Yes, particularly if meeting standard requirements is the goal.
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Is "satisfactory" a stable state?

It can be, especially in consistently meeting basic requirements.
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Can "satisfactory" be seen as complacent?

Sometimes, especially if there's a lack of ambition for excellence.
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Can "satisfactory" change over time?

Yes, as standards and expectations evolve, so does its meaning.
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Is "good" always a compliment?

Generally, yes, but context can influence its implication.
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Does "satisfactory" always require improvement?

Not always, but it doesn't rule out the possibility.
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Is "good" culturally dependent?

Yes, cultural norms can influence what is considered good.
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Do "good" and "satisfactory" differ in academic grading?

Yes, "good" often means above average, while "satisfactory" is just adequate.
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Is "satisfactory" a goal in customer service?

It can be a minimal goal, but exceeding it is often preferred.
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Can "good" be overused and lose meaning?

Yes, overuse can dilute its significance.
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Is "good" a universal term?

While widely understood, interpretations can vary globally.
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Can "good" be too high a standard sometimes?

Yes, especially in situations where perfection is not realistic.
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Does "good" imply effort?

Often, it suggests effort leading to positive outcomes.
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Can "satisfactory" be a comfort zone?

Yes, it can be a safe zone for those avoiding risks or challenges.
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