Trade-off meaning

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The definition of trade off is an exchange where you give up one thing in order to get something else that you also desire.

An example of a trade off is when you have to put up with a half hour commute in order to make more money.

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An advantage or improvement that necessitates the corresponding loss or degradation of something else.

Improved graphics at the expense of battery life was a tradeoff the designers were willing to make.

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Any situation in which the quality or quantity of one thing must be decreased for another to be increased.

In writing, there's often a trade-off between being concise and being complete.

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An exchange; esp., a giving up of one benefit, advantage, etc. in order to gain another regarded as more desirable.
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