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zero-sum
[
zeer
-oh-suhm]
/ˈzɪər oʊˌsʌm/
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adjective
1.
of or denoting a system in which the sum of the gains equals the sum of the losses:
a zero-sum economy.
Origin
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1955-1960
1955-60
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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zero-sum
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No
zero-sum
calculus, however, obliges us to choose one of those enterprises over the other.
It is not a
zero-sum
game where our idealism is diminished by their career choices.
If life is a
zero-sum
game, then the concept of fairness is key to successful social groups.
The market itself is
zero-sum
, so as one player's value goes up, it cuts into the price of others.
Which means the future of books is eclectic and diverse, not
zero-sum
.
People are struggling to improve their status, and feel happier if they succeed, but the race for status goods is
zero-sum
.
But culpability for this disaster shouldn't be a
zero-sum
proposition.
In politics, as opposed to reality, everything is
zero-sum
.
They are violent, and practice absurdist economics of stone-age
zero-sum
games.
It is a
zero-sum
game of a project growing at the expense of another.
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zero-sum
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Word Value for
zero
13
13
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zero-sum
There is dreaminess and infection in the sum....
John Ashbery
the possibility of rule as the sum of rulelessness:
Archie Randolph Ammons
Well on the way to inexistence. As zero to the infinite.
Samuel Beckett
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