Definition of deadweight
1 : the unrelieved weight of an inert mass
2 : dead load
3 : a ship's load including the total weight of cargo, fuel, stores, crew, and passengers
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He's said California's economy is proof that combating climate change isn't the economic deadweight Trump suggests.
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