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or trade-off  (trād′ôf′, -ŏf′)
An exchange of one thing in return for another, especially relinquishment of one benefit or advantage for another regarded as more desirable: "a fundamental trade-off between capitalist prosperity and economic security" (David A. Stockman).
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Noun1.tradeoff - an exchange that occurs as a compromisetradeoff - an exchange that occurs as a compromise; "I faced a tradeoff between eating and buying my medicine"
exchange, interchange - the act of changing one thing for another thing; "Adam was promised immortality in exchange for his disobedience"; "there was an interchange of prisoners"
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By adopting Asai's (1999) model, this study aims to explore empirically whether the tradeoff between output and inflation in the short run in Russia is inversely associated with the variance of the inflation rate as hypothesised by the new classical theory, or by the mean rate of inflation as hypothesised by the new Keynesian theory.
The mechanism that prompted presumption-challenging, policy-relevant conversations among the Swiss participants was elegantly simple: a visual game-board tool for tradeoff demarcation.
To understand how plants might manage the tradeoff between these two objectives, Navlakha's team began with three agriculturally valuable crops: sorghum, tomato, and tobacco.
Firms could borrow to achieve an optimal debt ratio, as suggested by the "Tradeoff Theory", or they could be borrowing because their internal funds are not enough to finance them, as explained by the "Pecking Order Theory".
Natural selection predicts that organisms should maximize reproductive fitness by optimizing the tradeoff between the quantity and quality of offspring (Lack 1947, 1954; Smith & Fretwell 1974).
Eighth: 1 - Tradeoff among the budget and attached balance sheets' sections, chapters and branches to be made by a decision of the Minister of Finance or a concerned minister and a head of a department with an independent budget appropriation can make tradeoffs among items of operational expenditures and appropriations for programs and projects, but not more than half of the original appropriation to be traded off to another item or program or to be added to either of them, expect the items and programs of salaries, but not more than half of the appropriation, in such a case the tradeoff shall be made by a decision of the Minister of Finance.
This study proposes the QFD-TOPSIS model in which the QFD model is combined with TOPSIS to measure tradeoff TC.
How can this be squared with the idea of an exploitable tradeoff between inflation and unemployment?
More than four decades ago, economist Arthur Okun penned his influential tome Equality and Efficiency: The Big Tradeoff. The title refers to the way we find balance by alternately favoring, say, the security of our information systems and the effectiveness of law enforcement, sacrificing the ideal of either in an effort to preserve a bit of both.
--Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania whose study, The Tradeoff Fallacy, suggests that Americans do not disclose personal information to marketers in exchange for discounts or special offers, but rather because they believe marketers will just get the data anyway
* Government stimulus spending exemplifies another traditional tradeoff: that between speed and quality.