win-win

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  • IPA(key): /ˌwɪnˈwɪn/
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Adjective[edit]

win-win

  1. (of a situation or outcome) That benefits both or all parties, or that has two distinct benefits. [from 1960s]
    The internship requirement for graduation has proved to be a win-win venture.
    • 1962, Joel David Singer, Deterrence, arms control, and disarmament:
      In zero-sum games, every win for one side is a loss for the other ; there can be no such thing as a "win-win" outcome
    • 1962, United States. Congress. House. Committee on Appropriations, Department of Defense appropriations for ...: Part 3:
      Has the shifting policy of win-win to win-hold-win and back to win-win had an impact on your munitions requirements determinations?
    • 1966, Justin Paul, International Marketing: Text And Cases, page 175:
      2. Win-Win The best partnership
    • 1974, Taylor McConnell, Group leadership for self-realization:
      A Win/Win Approach to Conflict / An integrative approach to conflict has such obvious merit for a group that it is worth spending some time looking at how it works
    • 2021 December 1, Barry Doe, “A new start as Fabrik to produce the NRT files”, in RAIL, number 945, page 63:
      At the time of writing, I have not seen the finished product, but I nevertheless think this is a win-win situation for Network Rail, operators, Fabrik and, of course, others.

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Noun[edit]

win-win

  1. A situation that benefits both or all parties, or that has two distinct benefits
    Coordinate terms: lose-lose, zero-sum
    If you treated one person better than the other, there wouldn't be a win-win.

Usage notes[edit]

Strictly speaking an en-dash would be expected in this term (i.e. "win–win"), rather than a hyphen ("win-win"). Nevertheless, the latter is commonly encountered in practice, due to a combination of factors such as difficulty of typing an en-dash, unfamiliarity with en-dashes, and strong preference to conserve space (e.g. in newspapers).

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Finnish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

win-win (not comparable)

  1. win-win

Usage notes[edit]

This term only appears in uninflected form in Finnish, notably as modifier in win-win-tilanne (win-win situation). Some independent usage also exists, but often the term is explained in such context:

Tilanne on win-win - molemmat voittavat.
The situation is win-win - both parties win.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English win-win.

Adjective[edit]

win-win (invariable)

  1. win-win