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tradeoffnoun [C]

(also trade-off,  us   /ˈtreɪdˌɔf/ )  us   /ˈtreɪdˌɔf/
a ​balancing of two ​opposingsituations or ​qualities, both of which are ​desired: The tradeoff in a ​democracy is between ​individualliberty and an ​orderlysociety. A tradeoff is also a ​situation in which the ​achieving of something you ​wantinvolves the ​loss of something ​else which is also ​desirable, but less so: They both had ​successfulcareers, but the tradeoff was they ​seldomsaw each other.
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