# zero-sum

[zeer-oh-suhm]

- of or denoting a system in which the sum of the gains equals the sum of the losses: a zero-sum economy.

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## Origin of zero-sum

First recorded in 1955–60

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## Examples from the Web for zero-sum

### Contemporary Examples of zero-sum

Is it True that “Gays vs. Traditionalists are a Zero-Sum Game”?

Advocates often describe a zero-sum game, in which more of one inevitably means less of the other.

Neither a civic voice nor a decent life is something a person should have to earn in zero-sum competition.

Yet the function of blogging in a big-media context is not a zero-sum game.

But gaining while your opponents are dropping is all you need to win in the zero-sum game.

### Historical Examples of zero-sum

These economies are predatory in the sense that they engage in zero-sum games.

After the RainSam Vaknin