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trade–off

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noun \ˈtrād-ˌȯf\

Simple Definition of trade–off

  • : a situation in which you must choose between or balance two things that are opposite or cannot be had at the same time

  • : something that you do not want but must accept in order to have something that you want

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of trade–off

  1. 1 :  a balancing of factors all of which are not attainable at the same time <the education versus experience trade–off which governs personnel practices — H. S. White>

  2. 2 :  a giving up of one thing in return for another :  exchange

trade off transitive verb

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