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trade-off

noun uk   /ˈtreɪd.ɒf/  us   /-ɑːf/
[C] a situation in which you balance two opposing situations or qualities: There is a trade-off between doing the job accurately and doing it quickly. She said that she'd had to make a trade-off between her job and her family. [C usually singular] a situation in which you accept something bad in order to have something good: For some car buyers, lack of space is an acceptable trade-off for a sporty design.
Translations of “trade-off”
in Chinese (Traditional) 平衡, 協調, 妥協,讓步…
in Russian компромисс…
in Turkish değiş tokuş yapma…
in Chinese (Simplified) 平衡, 协调, 妥协,让步…
in Polish kompromis…
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