Parkinson's Law


: an observation in office organization: the number of subordinates increases at a fixed rate regardless of the amount of work produced
: an observation in office organization: work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion

Word History


C. Northcote Parkinson †1993 English historian

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Parkinson's Law was in 1955

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“Parkinson's Law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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