[ sat-is-fahys ]
/ ˈsæt ɪsˌfaɪs /

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

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

1955–60 (1560–70 in the obsolete sense “satisfy”); satis(fy) + (suf)fice or (sacri)fice Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for satisfice

/ (ˈsætɪsˌfaɪs) /


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

Derived forms of satisfice

satisficer, noun

Word Origin for satisfice

C16: altered from satisfy
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