Open main menu

Wiktionary β



Wikipedia has an article on:



  1. (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




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



See alsoEdit



win-win (not comparable)

  1. win-win

Usage notesEdit

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.

Derived termsEdit