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  • v. To satisfy.
  • v. 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.

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  • v. decide on and pursue a course of action satisfying the minimum requirements to achieve a goal


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


  • The debate over whether librarians should be complicit in students' efforts to "satisfice" -- that is, do what they can to get by and graduate -- can be a contentious one, since it runs to the root of what the library and higher education in general is for."

    Study: College students rarely use librarians' expertise

  • It tells readers to set standards and look for "good enough," rather than holding out for the very best conceivable choice: to "satisfice," in the jargon of social scientists, rather than "maximize."

    Reason Magazine - Hit & Run

  • Thill says she does not think "satisfice" should be a dirty word.

    Study: College students rarely use librarians' expertise

  • If these students are trying to "satisfice," it probably isn't so that they'll have more time to goof off, she said.

    Study: College students rarely use librarians' expertise

  • To satisfice is "to decide on and pursue a course of action that will satisfy the minimum requirements necessary to achieve a particular goal" OED.

    How to Choose a Sewing Machine - A Dress A Day

  • Dynamic Tension eliminates the tendency to satisfice by making it impossible to succeed without thinking differently.

    The Elegant Solution

  • There is always some foot-dragging in order to satisfice sufficient numbers of the laggards to justify a game from a business perspective.

    March 2005

  • Saunders and Tuggle commented in the same vein that a lack of stringent competition allows managers to “satisfice at a more comfortable level” instead of having to optimize, as planning supposedly does 1977:21.

    The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning

  • They do not maximize or“satisfice;” they often make quite poor, subrational choices.


  • Firms would try to ‘satisfice’ rather than to maximize. 1959, p. 263, italics provided.



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  • When asked if the hairdo is nice
    Know truth can exact a high price.
    Dispense with your honor
    And heap praise upon her
    For timorous lies won't satisfice.

    May 19, 2016

  • Combination of satisfy and suffice. Apparently coined by Nobel Laureate Herbert Simon in his 1957 book called Models of Man.

    July 21, 2010

  • Haha!

    October 18, 2007

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  • Discovered Herbert Simon's "satisfice" term for "good enough" info. Yikes! I'm just 50 yrs behind the times!

    David Weinberger, twitter

    October 18, 2007