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[attributive](of a game or situation) in which whatever is gained by one side is lost by the other.
‘altruism is not a zero-sum game’
‘In the larger game, the logic is not zero-sum: everybody can win.’
‘A conflict that was previously regarded as zero-sum for either side can now be seen as win-win for both.’
‘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’
‘As long as economic relations are seen as zero-sum, one side can win only if the other loses.’
‘The second type of compromise is zero-sum, where a benefit to one side requires sacrifice by the other.’
‘The capitalist makes his bid in a positive-sum context; the government's game is zero-sum even before the auction takes place.’
‘What about the two types of games, zero-sum and non-zero-sum?’
‘Most involve zero-sum derivative contracts where gains to one party equal losses to the other.’
‘This appointment process is a zero-sum political struggle, and both sides are out to deal each other a major, damaging defeat.’
‘For example, if it is viewed as a zero-sum aggressor-defender situation, one party's gain is the other's loss.’
‘It is helpful to present this puzzle as a two-person, zero-sum, win-lose game.’
‘The British attitude to immigration and immigrants has always been grudging, a mixture of xenophobia and socialist zero-sum economics.’
‘We start to understand a lot more about a zero-sum society, where if some get a benefit others have to lose.’
‘The zero-sum manpower game that Killebrew talks about means that many combat soldiers will be reclassified and retrained.’
‘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.’
‘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.’