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trade-off (n.)

also tradeoff, "sacrifice of one benefit for another," 1959, from verbal phrase to trade off; see trade (v.) + off (adv.).

updated on October 10, 2017

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Definitions of trade-off from WordNet

trade-off (n.)
an exchange that occurs as a compromise;
Synonyms: tradeoff
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