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trade-off Line breaks: trade-off
Pronunciation: /ˈtreɪdɒf/

Definition of trade-off in English:


A balance achieved between two desirable but incompatible features; a compromise: a trade-off between objectivity and relevance
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  • Essentially the decision comes down to a trade-off between features and portability.
  • Politicians make compromises and trade-offs to secure what is in their view the best for their constituents.
  • This article does not discuss these oscillators at length but highlights some of the feature trade-offs.
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