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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tradeoff, trade-offnoun

    an exchange that occurs as a compromise

    "I faced a tradeoff between eating and buying my medicine"


  1. trade-offnoun

    Any situation in which the quality or quantity of one thing must be decreased for another to be increased.

    In writing, there's often a trade-off between being concise and being complete.


  1. trade-off

    A trade-off refers to the potential outcome or benefit that must be given up in order to achieve or gain another desired outcome or benefit. It represents a decision-making process that involves sacrificing one option for another, often in situations where resources or capacity are limited.


  1. Trade-off

    A trade-off is a situation that involves losing one quality or aspect of something in return for gaining another quality or aspect. It often implies a decision to be made with full comprehension of both the upside and downside of a particular choice; the term is also used in an evolutionary context, in which case the selection process acts as the "decision-maker".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trade-off in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trade-off in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of trade-off in a Sentence

  1. Fed Chair Jerome Powell:

    This trade-off is one for our elected representatives, who wield powers of taxation and spending.

  2. Paul Chou:

    The domain expertise, relationships, and career equity I've built are things I never could have done while at Goldman, as a former trader, I'm glad I made this trade-off at the stage of my career that I did.

  3. Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin:

    The idea that there is a straight trade-off between freedoms and security is, to my mind, a bit sterile.

  4. Tim Bale:

    There is always a trade-off between having people feel like they have to get with the program or creating what some suggest is a climate of fear that impacts negatively on their loyalty and productively.

  5. Scott Morrison:

    The suggestion that Australia, by having some trade-off where we could have higher emissions reduction targets, which would destroy jobs in regional communities, if we did that, then we wouldn't be having these fires. That is just not true.

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