zero-sum

adjective
ze·​ro-sum | \ ˈzir-(ˌ)ō-ˈsəm How to pronounce zero-sum (audio) , ˈzē-(ˌ)rō- \

Definition of zero-sum

: 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

First Known Use of zero-sum

1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Zero-sum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zero-sum. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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