trade-off

noun \ ˈtrād-ˌȯf \

Definition of trade-off

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

trade off

transitive verb

First Known Use of trade-off

1909

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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TRADE-OFF Defined for English Language Learners

trade-off

Definition of trade-off for English Language Learners

  • : 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



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