sub·​op·​ti·​mi·​za·​tion | \ ˌsəb-ˌäp-tə-mə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce suboptimization (audio) \
variants: or sub-optimization
plural suboptimizations or sub-optimizations

Definition of suboptimization

: inadequate or flawed optimization These new offices must carry out a dual role to avoid suboptimization of resources or moving things too slowly.— Joseph A DeFeo especially : optimization of a part of a system or an organization rather than of the system or organization as a whole Suboptimization, that is to say, optimization of a particular process or subsystem, may be less efficient than optimization of the larger-scale system. — Robert A Frosch The opposite side of the coin is to select criteria that produce suboptimizations that are inconsistent with higher-level goals. — Military Operations Research Division of Science Applications

Other Words from suboptimization

suboptimize \ ˌsəb-​ˈäp-​tə-​ˌmīz How to pronounce suboptimization (audio) \ or sub-optimize transitive verb suboptimized or sub-optimized; suboptimizing or sub-optimizing
Don't suboptimize the tasks. Although your paper prototype is built around a particular set of tasks you've created, don't forget about all the other tasks that users might be doing in real life. — Carolyn Snyder The absence of responsibility contributes to the absence of accountability, which contributes to logistics decisions that suboptimize the organization. When we say 'suboptimize,' we mean the local decisions made may be optimal, but the overall impact on the firm is not optimal. — Thomas J. Goldsby and Robert Martichenko

First Known Use of suboptimization

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Suboptimization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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