Not Satisfied Law and Legal Definition
Not satisfied is a form of return by a sheriff or constable, on a writ of execution, indicating only that the amount due on a judgment was not paid. A general return of this type is usually viewed as technically substandard because it does not state the reason for non fulfillment of the writ. "Not satisfied" does not cover the legal requisites of a strict and thorough search and a failure to find any property belonging to defendant whereof to levy the writ. It is not synonymous with nulla bona, and does not answer the requirements of the statute. In Martin v. Martin, 50 N.C. 346, 348 (N.C. 1858), the court observed that, “ Not satisfied," is an insufficient return to a writ of fieri facias, for the reason, that it does not set forth the ground upon which the officer has failed to make the money.