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 +‎ suffice, coined in 1956 by American political scientist and psychologist Herbert A. Simon (1916–2001).

Verb[edit]

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

  1. (social sciences, intransitive) Of human behavior: 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, H[erbert] A. Simon, “Rational Choice and the Structure of the Environment”, Psychological Review, volume 63, number 2, page 129:
      Evidently, organisms adapt well enough to ‘satisfice’; they do not, in general, ‘optimize’.
    • 2015 December 4, David Brooks, “No, Donald Trump won't win [print version: International New York Times, 5–6 December 2015, page 9]”[1], The New York Times, archived from the original on 16 December 2015:
      [T]here are two contrasting types of decision-making mentalities, maximizing and satisficing. If you're choosing a marriage partner, you probably want to maximize. You want to find the very best person you are totally in love with. [] But politics is not like that. Politics is a prosaic activity most of the time. You probably want to satisfice, pick the person who's good enough, who seems reasonably responsible.

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.