Definition of trade-off noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtreɪd ɒf//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtreɪd ɔːf//
, NAmE//ˈtreɪd ɑːf//
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trade-off (between something and something) the act of balancing two things that are opposed to each other a trade-off between increased production and a reduction in quality There is a trade-off between the benefits of the drug and the risk of side effects.
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