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zero-sum game

noun

Simple Definition of zero-sum game

  • : a situation in which one person or group can win something only by causing another person or group to lose it

Full Definition of zero-sum game

  1. :  a situation in which one person or group can win something only by causing another person or group to lose it <Dividing up the budget is a zero-sum game.>

Word by Word Definitions

zero-sum
  1. :  of, relating to, or being a situation (as a game or relationship) in which a gain for one side entails a corresponding loss for the other side

gameplay
  1. :  activity engaged in for diversion or amusement :  play

    :  the equipment for a game

    :  often derisive or mocking jesting :  fun, sport

  1. :  to play for a stake

    :  to lose or squander by gambling

    :  to take dishonest advantage of :  cheat

  1. :  having or showing a resolute unyielding spirit

    :  willing or ready to proceed

    :  of or relating to game

  1. :  lame


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