Meaning of “zero-sum” in the English Dictionary

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"zero-sum" in American English

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zero-sumadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈzɪər·oʊ ˌsʌm, ˈzi·roʊ/

having a result in which one person loses as much as another benefits

(Definition of “zero-sum” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"zero-sum" in Business English

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zero-sumadjective

uk us

relating to a situation in which an advantage that is won by one of two sides is lost by the other:

a zero-sum competition/gain/relationship This is a zero-sum gain involving redistribution of wealth.
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(Definition of “zero-sum” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)