Definition of zero-sum in English:

zero-sum

adjective

  • [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.’

Pronunciation:

zero-sum

/ˈˌzērō ˈsəm//ˈˌzirō ˈsəm/