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Any of several satirical observations propounded as economic laws, especially "Work expands to fill the time available for its completion."
[After Cyril Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993), British historian.]
(Economics) the notion, expressed facetiously as a law of economics, that work expands to fill the time available for its completion
[C20: named after C. N. Parkinson (1909–93), British historian and writer, who formulated it]
any of various statements about business and office management expressed facetiously as if a law of physics, as the statement that work expands to fill the time allotted for its completion.
[1950–55; after C. Northcote Parkinson (born 1909), English historian, who proposed them]
|Noun||1.||Parkinson's law - C. Northcote Parkinson's cynical observation that work will expand so as to fill the time available for its completion|
|2.||Parkinson's law - C. Northcote Parkinson's cynical observation that the number of subordinates in an organization will increase linearly regardless of the amount of work to be done|