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zero-sum game

A game in which the sum of the wins is equal to the sum of the losses. In such a game, every victory by one party results in equivalent losses by other participants.
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Likewise, in other sorts of RFRA cases that present true zero-sum games, such as requests for religious exemptions from some provisions of the anti-discrimination laws, the Ninth Circuit's Eagle Act jurisprudence provides the correct answer: the RFRA claim should fail.
In a zero-sum game, one person's gain is another person's loss.
(14) They saw the case as a zero-sum game. The majority of the Court disagreed, holding that, if Hobby Lobby's religious burden were alleviated, the burden on its female employees would be "precisely zero." (15) According to the Court, Hobby Lobby was not a zero-sum game.
For one thing, it assumed, as in the case of two-person, zero-sum games, that the players are acting rationally--for example, trying to maximize their own returns.
Sample chapter topics include: social choice functions, deciding among divisor methods, and solving zero-sum games. The authors point out in their preface that readers do not need to have a significant background in math or political science to benefit from the concepts in this text, but rather the ability to reason and analyze under prescribed conditions.
Their topics include Shakespeare and the politics of the Irish revival, Shakespeare as Gaeilge, Irish Ireland, Hamlet in Kildare Street, Oscar Wilde and the art of appeal, Shakespearean echoes in Elizabeth Bowen's portrait of Ireland, and zero-sum games in Shakespeare's King Lear and Beckett's Endgame.
In a zero-sum game, one contestant can only succeed on the basis of another's failure.