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- (of a situation or outcome) That benefits both or all parties, or that has two distinct benefits
- The internship requirement for graduation has proved to be a win-win venture; companies receive the benefit of creative students with cutting-edge technical skills, while the students gain real-world experience in their chosen profession.
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
of a situation that benefits two parties
win-win (not comparable)
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.