trade-off

or trade·off

[treyd-awf, -of]

noun

the exchange of one thing for another of more or less equal value, especially to effect a compromise.

Nearby words

  1. trade wind,
  2. trade winds,
  3. trade-in,
  4. trade-last,
  5. trade-name,
  6. trade-weighted,
  7. traded option,
  8. trademark,
  9. tradeoff,
  10. trader

Origin of trade-off

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

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British Dictionary definitions for trade-off

trade-off

noun

an exchange, esp as a compromise
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