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[treyd-awf, -of] /ˈtreɪdˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
the exchange of one thing for another of more or less equal value, especially to effect a compromise.
Also, tradeoff.
Origin of trade-off
1960-65; noun use of verb phrase trade off Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tradeoff
  • 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.
  • But the gain in perspective has been well worth the price and tradeoff.
  • The basic premise that university profs teach undergrads as a tradeoff for being allowed to do their research is flawed.
  • Apparently, he observes, penguins have made an evolutionary tradeoff.
  • When it comes to eating animals there's always some sort of tradeoff.
  • But they decided that was a reasonable tradeoff for smaller energy bills and freedom from costly renovations.
  • The author did not find any evidence of a tradeoff, and an optimal fitness.
British Dictionary definitions for tradeoff


an exchange, esp as a compromise
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Word Origin and History for tradeoff

also trade-off, "sacrifice of one benefit for another," 1959, from verbal phrase to trade off; see trade + off.

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tradeoff in Culture

tradeoff definition

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

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Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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