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English definition of “tradeoff”

tradeoff

noun [C] (also trade-off,    /ˈtreɪdˌɔf/)    /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 noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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