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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
1955-1960
1955-60
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Examples for zero-sum
  • 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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