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English definition of “trade-off”

trade-off

noun [C, usually singular]
 
 
/ˈtreɪdɒf/
a situation in which you accept something you do not like or want in order to have something that you want: a trade-off between sth and sth These companies offer the best trade-off between risk and return for most individual investors.a trade-off for sth The explosion in data collection has been accepted by many as a trade-off for convenience and discounts. trade-off decisions
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