satisfice

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

1560, Northern alteration of satisfy, probably influenced in form by Latin satisfacere.

Verb[edit]

satisfice (third-person singular simple present satisfices, present participle satisficing, simple past and past participle satisficed)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To satisfy.

Etymology 2[edit]

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Blend of satisfy and suffice, coined in 1956 by Herbert Simon.

Verb[edit]

satisfice (third-person singular simple present satisfices, present participle satisficing, simple past and past participle satisficed)

  1. (social sciences, of human behavior, intransitive) To make a choice that suffices to fulfill the minimum requirements to achieve an objective, without special regard for utility maximization or optimization of one's preferences.
    • 1956, Simon, H. A., “Rational choice and the structure of the environment”, Psychological Review, volume 63 No. 2, page 129: 
      Evidently, organisms adapt well enough to ‘satisfice’; they do not, in general, ‘optimize’.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • satisfice” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • "satisfice" at The Phrontistery - A Dictionary of Obscure Words.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

satisfice

  1. First-person singular (yo) preterite indicative form of satisfacer.