trade-off

[treyd-awf, -of]
noun
the exchange of one thing for another of more or less equal value, especially to effect a compromise.
Also, tradeoff.


Origin:
1960–65; noun use of verb phrase trade off

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trade-off
 
n
an exchange, esp as a compromise

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tradeoff definition


What must be given up, and what is gained, when an economic decision is made.

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Example sentences
Obviously, this is a question of environmental tradeoff.
So there's a tradeoff to be had between profits and protection.
There's a tradeoff in exploring true wilderness, but it's so worth it.
Nothing will happen unless and until colleges decide that the tradeoff isn't
  worth it.
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