zero-sum game


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zero-sum game

n.
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

n
(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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The strategy caused an expected critical reception from Beijing who called the policies and opinions "cold war and zero-sum game mindset.
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi emerged from a meeting in Cairo yesterday with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, saying co-operation between Nile basin countries should not be a zero-sum game.
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The game he is playing to put forward his administration's agenda can be ascribed as the zero-sum game.
TOKYO, Dec 19 (KUNA) -- China on Tuesday urged the US to stop deliberately distorting its strategic intentions and to abandon the Cold War mentality and the outdated concept of zero-sum game, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
This was proof, once more, that at its root, the CyProb is a zero-sum game with two, not one, ethnic identities.
Communities have been balkanised as politics is reduced to a zero-sum game.
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Outside of vague moral notions and Manichean fables, truth was, in reality, no use at all," muses a character on his deathbed, in Eduardo Rabasa's ambitious, oft-hilarious political farce, A Zero-Sum Game.
The CPEC is not a zero-sum game where Pakistan gains and India loses.
There's no zero-sum game here, Spokesman Mark Toner told a regular briefing at the State Department, responding to a question about the recent remarks by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi he made during his 3-day visit to Washington this week.
IN SIMPLE TERMS, a zero-sum game is one in which the victories of one competitor are exactly matched by the losses of another.