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English definition of “zero-sum”

zero-sum

adjective
 
 
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. → Compare win-win
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