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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.
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Origin of satisfice

1955–60 (1560–70 in the obsolete sense “satisfy”); satis(fy) + (suf)fice or (sacri)fice
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Historical Examples of satisfice

  • Except thow wilt saye that to satisfice is nothing els / but when one doth make himself approued vnto an other man.

    A Treatise of the Cohabitation Of the Faithful with the Unfaithful

    Peter Martyr

British Dictionary definitions for satisfice


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

Word Origin for satisfice

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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