What is the difference between 'pleased' and 'satisfied'?

The dictionary says: 'She was very pleased with her exam results.' 'The boss should be pleased with you.'

But I think I can say: 'She was very satisfied with her exam results.' 'The boss should be satisfied with you.'

Am I right?

And can we say 'a pleased customer'? If we can - 'a pleased customer' is more happier than 'a satisfied customer'?

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    In effect, pleased means happy, and satisfied means content. If you look up the meanings of happy and the meanings of content, you should understand the difference. – David M Mar 22 '14 at 21:27
  • Could you give me some examples to clear see the difference, please. – Selio Mar 22 '14 at 21:28
  • I am pleased with the turnout at the party. I am satisfied with the turnout at the party. Pleased means happy. Satisfied means a sufficient number have come. – David M Mar 22 '14 at 21:32

Pleased is the word I would use to indicate a personal feeling of enjoyment and satisfaction, whereas I would use satisfied to indicate intellectual acceptance or acknowledgement of sufficient conformity to a particular standard.

  • +1 Selio, they are interchangeable to a certain extent but eg "Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to introduce our guest speaker..." - you would never substitute 'satisfied' here. – Mynamite Mar 23 '14 at 1:14

Pleased and satisfied basically means the same thing, but 'satisfied' is stronger and more convincing than 'pleased'.

She was very pleased with her exam results (just at that very moment, but when she came home she thought that she could've done even better)
She was very satisfied with her exam results (something that is more permanent and memorable)

  • I would have said exactly the opposite. Pleased implies much happier than satisfied which implies merely content. And, pleased vs. satisfied has NO sense of permanence. – David M Mar 22 '14 at 21:25

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