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zero-sum

[ zeer-oh-suhm ]
/ ˈzɪər oʊˌsʌm /
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adjective
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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