Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “tradeoff”

tradeoff

noun [C] (also trade-off,    /ˈtreɪdˌɔf/)  /ˈtreɪdˌɔf/ us  
a balancing of two opposing situations or qualities, both of which are desired: The tradeoff in a democracy is between individual liberty and an orderly society. A tradeoff is also a situation in which the achieving of something you want involves the loss of something else which is also desirable, but less so: They both had successful careers, but the tradeoff was they seldom saw each other.
(Definition of tradeoff from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of tradeoff?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

first:

(a person or thing) coming before all others in order, time, amount, quality, or importance

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More