zero-sum game


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zero-sum game

[′zir·ō ¦səm ‚gām]
(mathematics)
A two-person game where the sum of the payoffs to the two players is zero for each move.

zero-sum game

any game or analogous social situation in which what one player or side loses the other gains (Von Neumann and Morgenstein, 1947). See also THEORY OF GAMES, PRISONERS’ DILEMMA.
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