zero-sum game

noun

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

zero-sum play
  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

game play
  1. : activity engaged in for diversion or amusement : play

  2. : the equipment for a game

  3. : often derisive or mocking jesting : fun, sport

  1. : to play for a stake

  2. : to lose or squander by gambling

  3. : to take dishonest advantage of : cheat

  1. : having or showing a resolute unyielding spirit

  2. : willing or ready to proceed

  3. : of or relating to game

  1. : lame


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