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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An exchange of one thing in return for another, especially relinquishment of one benefit or advantage for another regarded as more desirable: "a fundamental trade-off between capitalist prosperity and economic security” ( David A. Stockman).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An advantage or improvement that necessitates the corresponding loss or degradation of something else.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the exchange of one thing (object, right, opportunity) for another of approximately equal value, so as to seal a bargain, or effect a compromise.
  • n. the giving up of one desired objective in order to attain another, when both cannot be achieved at the same time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an exchange that occurs as a compromise
  • n. an exchange that occurs as a compromise

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