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trade-off

or trade·off

[treyd-awf, -of]
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noun
  1. the exchange of one thing for another of more or less equal value, especially to effect a compromise.

Origin of trade-off

First recorded in 1960–65; noun use of verb phrase trade off
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trade-off

noun
  1. an exchange, esp as a compromise
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