Zero-sum (adjective)

Describing a situation in which one person or group can gain only at the expense of another.


From the mathematical term "zero-sum game".


  1. The negotiation was a zero-sum game, with both parties trying to gain as much as possible.
  2. The company's decision to outsource jobs was a zero-sum game, with workers losing their jobs and shareholders gaining profits.
  3. The political campaign was a zero-sum game, where one candidate"s gain was the other candidate"s loss.
  4. The economic policy was criticized for being zero-sum, as it helped the wealthy at the expense of the poor.
  5. The zero-sum mentality of the company's management led to a toxic work environment.
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