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zero-sum

[zeer-oh-suhm] /ˈzɪər oʊˌsʌm/
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 of zero-sum
1955-1960
1955-60
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  • These economies are predatory in the sense that they engage in zero-sum games.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin

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