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

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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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It is all zero-sum game theory (a micro-economics theory often used to explain diplomatic manoeuvring) which needs to determine what are the possible likely outcomes on the said meeting and if there is any unfavourable outcome likely on the resolution.
Trump often believes that trade policy is a (https://www.thestreet.com/politics/what-is-a-zero-sum-game-14818535) zero-sum game , with a winner and a loser.
Summary: Currency exchange rates, as we know, is a zero-sum game - one currency has to lose for the other to gain.
This outcome can be attributed to the zero-sum game that ODM party leader Raila Odinga engaged in when he chose the handshake over standing for truth and fighting the ills of the current regime as the undisputed opposition leader.
We hope that the United States will abandon its thinking in the spirit of a zero-sum game and stop looking at the relations with major powers from the perspective of confrontation, start working together with China, Russia and other countries on ensuring global peace, stability and security," the spokesman Lu Kang said, referring to the US draft budget, RIA Novosti reported.
This is because most of us see the civil-military balance as a zero-sum game. If one is to grow stronger, the other must grow weaker.
Most of these companies have a zero-sum game. If an increase in the cost of their expense goes up, something has to come down.
As much as Donald Trump may want us to believe it, saying adios to dirty energy doesn't have to be a zero-sum game between a clean energy future and fossil fuel industry workers.
What was meant to be a mission to find compromise, instantly became a zero-sum game. No one can be seen to compromise once the game is zero-sum.
It's not a zero-sum game. If we choose to embark on market reforms, it shouldn't be an excessive capitalistic notion - ignoring the poor and the marginalised,' said Anwar.
Political drama, both on trade and monetary fronts, combined with some volatile swings in names contributed to something of a zero-sum game as the net result.
Football in the 'post-Maradona era', so to speak, is no less or more than what world politics has increasingly come to resemble: A zero-sum game. A rogue nuclear nation like North Korea can today boast of sharing a summit platform with the most feared economic and military power on this planet.