How is this word to be used in practice when a subject is also mentioned? I am interested in both the static situation of dealing with/being into/being subject to a tradeoff and the dynamic process of accepting/entering/undergoing one. What are the proper terms/expressions to be used in place of my gross tentatives in italic? Please mention more choices if available...

  • Can you provide more context or examples?
    – bib
    Jan 14, 2014 at 16:15
  • I simply need to describe the interaction of a subject and a tradeoff, that is to say more compactly and properly "Being in a position which imposes a tradeoff", and getting there. Or said otherwise, instead of just saying "The context X involves/implies/forces tradeoff Y" I need to say that someone in that context encounters inevitably tradeoff Y. So in the static case there must be a clear inevitability implied, in the dynamic case it shall remain there while leaving optionality in getting into that situation only.
    – Quartz
    Jan 14, 2014 at 16:51
  • Include a sample sentence to give an insight into the usage in context.
    – Kris
    Feb 2, 2014 at 14:02

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For the static situation, perhaps you're interested instead in considering the tradeoff  [between X and Y] or discussing the tradeoff. (Accepting the tradeoff is correct, if you're talking about someone accepting the fact that there exists a tradeoff.)

When engaging the dynamic situation of a tradeoff, you may be negotiating the tradeoff, analogously to negotiating a mountain trail, or other delicate task. If you merely mean to make a choice within the situation of a tradeoff, you might say that you are trading X for Y or trading away [some] X for [more/better/improved] Y. All of these return to the root market metaphor which seems to be the origin of the phrase.

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