trade–off

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noun \ˈtrād-ˌȯf\

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

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First Known Use of trade–off

1909


TRADE–OFF Defined for English Language Learners

trade-off

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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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