Definition of zero-sum in English:


Syllabification: ze·ro-sum


  • (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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