satisfice


satisfice

verb (used without object) sat·is·ficed, sat·is·fic·ing.

  1. to choose or adopt the first satisfactory option that one comes across: the tendency of decision-makers to satisfice rather than look for the optimal solution.

verb

  1. (intr) to act in such a way as to satisfy the minimum requirements for achieving a particular result
  2. (tr) obsolete to satisfy

v.1560s, “to satisfy” (implied in satisficed), altered of satisfy by influence of its Latin root satisfacere. A Northern English colloquial word; modern use from c.1956 may be an independent formation. Related: Satisficing.

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