# Definition of *zero-sum* in English:

## zero-sum^{}

Translate zero-sum into Spanish

### adjective

attributiveRelating to or denoting a situation in which whatever is gained by one side is lost by the other.

*‘altruism is not a zero-sum game’**‘he heard that international trade was essentially a zero-sum competition between nations’**‘According to game theory, organisms often find themselves in zero-sum situations.’**‘In the process, the writ of the government starts losing relevance, and it all becomes a zero-sum game’**‘The capitalist makes his bid in a positive-sum context; the government's game is zero-sum even before the auction takes place.’**‘In a zero-sum budgetary game, welfare can hardly yield its share, while defense can do some.’**‘The context is zero-sum: one player's win has to be at the expense of the other, whether in goods captured or opponents eliminated.’**‘It is helpful to present this puzzle as a two-person, zero-sum, win-lose game.’**‘What about the two types of games, zero-sum and non-zero-sum?’**‘For example, if it is viewed as a zero-sum aggressor-defender situation, one party's gain is the other's loss.’**‘A conflict that was previously regarded as zero-sum for either side can now be seen as win-win for both.’**‘Most involve zero-sum derivative contracts where gains to one party equal losses to the other.’**‘As long as economic relations are seen as zero-sum, one side can win only if the other loses.’**‘This appointment process is a zero-sum political struggle, and both sides are out to deal each other a major, damaging defeat.’**‘The second type of compromise is zero-sum, where a benefit to one side requires sacrifice by the other.’**‘In the larger game, the logic is not zero-sum: everybody can win.’**‘We start to understand a lot more about a zero-sum society, where if some get a benefit others have to lose.’**‘In a zero-sum competitive scenario, the parent and progeny directly compete over resources in the same market position, making the success of the offspring inversely related to the success of the parent.’**‘Businesses are discovering that mediational modes arc cheaper and more effective than litigation-precisely because of the adversarial, zero-sum nature of litigation.’**‘There is no returning to the old days of Father Knows Best corporatism, of top-down command-and-control leadership, of low-road, zero-sum competition.’*

**Pronunciation**

**zero-sum**

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