zero-sum game

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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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