I am trying to find a word which can be used interchangeably with the phrase "pros and cons".

For example:

Because no one has tried it yet, the _ of this new diet are unknown.

The closest I can get is "characteristics", but to me, that seems not to carry the same good parts vs. bad parts meaning I'm trying to emphasize.

  • Has anyone considered "merits"??
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 21, 2015 at 2:19

4 Answers 4


I think the word trade-offs gives you the same meaning as pros and cons and also hints at the idea of good/bad.

a balance achieved between two desirable but incompatible features; a compromise.


What about "effect". the effects of this diet are unknown.

  • That works grammatically with the example sentence, but is there a word which can apply not only to the results, but also to the intrinsic properties of the diet? "effects" might not cover something like the fact that the diet is a "rock only" diet, which would be covered by "pros and cons".
    – pnhgiol
    Apr 8, 2014 at 6:11
  • What do you mean by"rock only"?
    – user66974
    Apr 8, 2014 at 6:23
  • It was a pretty bad example, admittedly, but I meant a diet consisting only of rocks and stones, which would be a con intrinsically. (I guess it would also have bad effects.) I should have chosen something more believable like "rice only" or "candy only", which might also have intrinsic pros or cons.
    – pnhgiol
    Apr 8, 2014 at 6:31
  • I see, you are referring the overall effects of the diet, on your daily habits and the results on your health.
    – user66974
    Apr 8, 2014 at 6:39

Perhaps consequences

A result or effect of an action or condition:


net benefit

Meaning the benefit, but adjusted for any drawbacks. Which may result in no benefit or harm.

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