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

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  • n. A game (or a similar economic system) in which the winnings of some players must equal the losses of others.

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

  • n. a game in which the total of all the gains and losses is zero


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