zero–sum

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adjective ze·ro–sum \ˈzē-(ˌ)rō-ˈsəm, ˈzir-(ˌ)ō-\

Definition of zero–sum

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

1944

First Known Use of zero–sum

1944



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