Meaning of “tradeoff” in the English Dictionary

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"tradeoff" in American English

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tradeoffnoun [ 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.

(Definition of “tradeoff” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)