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trade-off

noun uk   /ˈtreɪd.ɒf/ us    /-ɑːf/
[C] a situation in which you balance two opposing situations or qualities: There is a trade-off between doing the job accurately and doing it quickly. She said that she'd had to make a trade-off between her job and her family. [C usually singular] a situation in which you accept something bad in order to have something good: For some car buyers, lack of space is an acceptable trade-off for a sporty design.
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