Tradeoff Trade"off, Trade-off Trade"-off, n. 1. the exchange of one thing (object, right, opportunity) for another of approximately equal value, so as to seal a bargain, or effect a compromise. [PJC]

2. the giving up of one desired objective in order to attain another, when both cannot be achieved at the same time; as, the factory workers viewed the trade-off of air quality for jobs as a necessary evil. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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