Definition of zero-sum in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈˌzirō ˈsəm/ Pronunciation: /ˈˌzērō ˈsəm/


(Of a game or situation) in which whatever is gained by one side is lost by the other: altruism is not a zero-sum game
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  • According to game theory, organisms often find themselves in zero-sum situations.
  • In the process, the writ of the government starts losing relevance, and it all becomes a zero-sum game
  • The capitalist makes his bid in a positive-sum context; the government's game is zero-sum even before the auction takes place.

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Syllabification: ze·ro-sum

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