- 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
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Examples from the Web for satisfice
Except thow wilt saye that to satisfice is nothing els / but when one doth make himself approued vnto an other man.
- (intr) to act in such a way as to satisfy the minimum requirements for achieving a particular result
- (tr) obsolete to satisfy
C16: altered from satisfy
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Word Origin and History for satisfice
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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