Definition of trade-off in English:



  • A balance achieved between two desirable but incompatible features; a compromise.

    ‘a trade-off between objectivity and relevance’
    • ‘Consider trade-offs between rapid supply responses and quality control.’
    • ‘Our objective this year is to win a race even if we have to compromise our championship position somewhat, we will make the trade-off.’
    • ‘This article does not discuss these oscillators at length but highlights some of the feature trade-offs.’
    • ‘At last, farmers escaped from the vicious trade-off between soil exhaustion and leaving land idle.’
    • ‘Through their activity, animals can adaptively balance trade-offs between food and safety.’
    • ‘Essentially the decision comes down to a trade-off between features and portability.’
    • ‘Politicians make compromises and trade-offs to secure what is in their view the best for their constituents.’
    • ‘Coercion and trade-offs are replaced with creative alternatives, and compromise with synthesis.’
    • ‘It is a trade-off that continues into the era of digital cellular telephones.’
    • ‘You need trade-offs in society, and we're not in a situation to say better rich and healthy than sick and poor.’
    • ‘Nor, for once, does the good ride mean a trade-off in compromised handling.’
    • ‘Security is a trade-off, and the trade-offs in the Patriot Act were extreme.’
    • ‘Consequently, a trade-off has been predicted between competitive ability and flooding tolerance.’
    • ‘The author writes a good deal about the limitations of security protocols, and the trade-offs between good security and other desirable things.’
    • ‘There may often be a trade-off between portability and ownership, and so users may have to decide which is more important.’
    • ‘There is a trade-off between perfection on the one hand and speed, economy, and finality on the other hand.’
    • ‘A long-discredited hypothesis to explain this holds that substituting carbs and sugar for fat is a bad trade-off.’
    • ‘Having tight control like this is a trade-off for a nuanced and complex narrative.’
    • ‘Of course there is a trade-off between such advantages of large cells and the disadvantages of slower cell multiplication.’
    • ‘There's inevitably a trade-off between keeping company or continuing a conversation with them and keeping moving.’
    swap, exchange, switch, barter, interchange, substitution, replacement, trade-off
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/ˈtrād ˌôf/