zero-sum

[zeer-oh-suhm]
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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.

Nearby words

  1. zero-emission,
  2. zero-emission vehicle,
  3. zero-point energy,
  4. zero-rate,
  5. zero-rated,
  6. zero-sum game,
  7. zero-zero,
  8. zeroth,
  9. zeroth law of thermodynamics,
  10. zerubbabel

Origin of zero-sum

First recorded in 1955–60

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