Definition of zero-sum game
: a situation in which one person or group can win something only by causing another person or group to lose it Dividing up the budget is a zero-sum game.
Word by Word Definitions
: 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
: activity engaged in for diversion or amusement : play
: the equipment for a game
: often derisive or mocking jesting : fun, sport
: to play for a stake
: to lose or squander by gambling
: to take dishonest advantage of : cheat
: having or showing a resolute unyielding spirit
: willing or ready to proceed
: of or relating to game
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