American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A situation in which a gain by one person or side must be matched by a loss by another person or side: "It's not a zero-sum game in which either youth or pensioners must lose” ( Earl W. Foell).
- n. A game (or a similar economic system) in which the winnings of some players must equal the losses of others.
- n. a game in which the total of all the gains and losses is zero
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