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The word tradeoff is not listed in Google nor in CantoDict.

Is it 折衷?

  1. What's the Cantonese translation?

  2. What's the Mandarin translation?

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Trade-off https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trade-off

1 : a balancing of factors all of which are not attainable at the same time

2 : a giving up of one thing in return for another : exchange

Trade-off as a noun is 代價 in both Cantonese and Mandarin ('trade-off' basically means "in exchange" )

Example:

"Thicken the armor would provide better protection, but the trade-off is your speed would slow down."

"加厚护甲会提供更好的保护,但代價是你的速度会减慢。"

You can use "作為交換" (in exchange) instead of "代價是" e.g. "加厚护甲会提供更好的保护,但作為交換, 你的速度会减慢。"

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I don't think you will find one Chinese equivalent for trade-off. In English you could also use disadvantage, downside, drawback, handicap, problem, weak point, trouble, nuisance, flaw.

I like 权衡 but I would not limit myself to that for a translation.

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