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I am looking for a word that describes the balancing effect of the situation. This word is used when a certain action taken as an output it has advantages from one point of view but also disadvantages from the other point of view.

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  • It's not clear what you are asking. You talk about a certain action taken as output. Can you tell us specifically what action? What does it mean to take an action as output? – Jim Reynolds Apr 26 at 6:04
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Here are a few words:

(Definitions from Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English)

balance out phrasal verb

if two or more things balance out, the final result is that they are equal in amount, importance, or effect

• Sometimes I look after the kids and sometimes John does – it all balances out.

Examples from the Corpus

Sometimes we have a slight loss and sometimes a slight surplus, but over time they balance out.

even out phrasal verb

if things even out, or if you even them out, the differences between them become smaller

SYN level out

• The differences in their income should even out over time.

e‧qui‧lib‧ri‧um noun [singular, uncountable]

  1. a balance between different people, groups, or forces that compete with each other, so that none is stronger than the others and a situation is not likely to change suddenly
    •The government is anxious not to upset the economic equilibrium.

  2. a state in which you are calm and not angry or upset
    She struggled to recover her equilibrium.

I can also think of counterbalance and equalize as two other verbs that may come handy for you depending on the context you're going to use them.

  • Thanks for the answer. However, my word is like an idiom, a duplexing word, like "nitty gritty", "vice versa" – Yirmidokuz Apr 13 at 16:19
  • @Yirmidokuz your word? – Neeku Apr 13 at 22:31
  • yes the word I am trying to remember, I meant.. – Yirmidokuz Apr 14 at 19:46
  • @Yirmidokuz your question doesn’t specify that, and unfortunately we cannot guess what you’re trying to remember if you don’t provide enough context. You’ve asked for “the word that describes ...” – Neeku Apr 14 at 23:13
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You are looking for the word: trade-off

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