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tradeoff

noun [C] (also trade-off,  us   /ˈtreɪdˌɔf/ )  us   /ˈtreɪdˌɔf/
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.
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