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zero-sum game

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A situation in which a gain by one person or side must be matched by a loss by another person or side: "It's not a zero-sum game in which either youth or pensioners must lose" (Earl W. Foell).

zero-sum game

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(Mathematics) (in game theory) a contest in which one person's loss is equal to the other person's gain
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Noun1.zero-sum game - a game in which the total of all the gains and losses is zero
game - a contest with rules to determine a winner; "you need four people to play this game"
game theory, theory of games - (economics) a theory of competition stated in terms of gains and losses among opposing players
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Zarif said, adding the old zero sum game has only brought hardships, wars and bloodshed to the people, while the new perspective would take each State to a win-win situation, peace and stability through cooperation.
He added : 'Instead of seeking zero sum game theory in international relations we should pursue a win-win game.
Instead of seeking zero sum game theory in international relations we should pursue a win-win game," the official said, adding, "We are seeking to maximize our national interests' gains so wherever we could to meet the national interests in the best, depending on circumstances, we are the winner.