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satisfice

[sat-is-fahys] /ˈsæt ɪsˌfaɪs/
verb (used without object), satisficed, satisficing.
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.
Origin of satisfice
1955-1960
1955-60 (1560-70 in the obsolete sense "satisfy"); satis(fy) + (suf)fice or (sacri)fice
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satisfice

/ˈsætɪsˌfaɪs/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to act in such a way as to satisfy the minimum requirements for achieving a particular result
2.
(transitive) (obsolete) to satisfy
Derived Forms
satisficer, noun
Word Origin
C16: altered from satisfy
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Word Origin and History for satisfice
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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