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zero-sum

[zeer-oh-suhm]
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  1. of or denoting a system in which the sum of the gains equals the sum of the losses: a zero-sum economy.

Origin of zero-sum

First recorded in 1955–60
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  • These economies are predatory in the sense that they engage in zero-sum games.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin