compromise

A compromise is a way of settling differences by everybody making concessions. If you want to stay out until 10 and your friend wants to stay out until midnight, 11 is a good compromise.

Compromise comes from the Latin compromissum, which means "mutual promise." It can be a noun or a verb. If you compromise with your lab partner over how to analyze the experimental data, you find the middle ground between your two ideas. Compromise can also mean to erode or diminish. If you never repair your brakes, you will compromise the safety of the car. If you cheat, you compromise your integrity.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: compromise

1
nv
an accommodation in which both sides make concessions
make a compromise; arrive at a compromise
2
v
expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: compromise
1

n an accommodation in which both sides make concessions

“the newly elected congressmen rejected a compromise because they considered it `business as usual'”
Examples:
Missouri Compromise
an agreement in 1820 between pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions in the United States concerning the extension of slavery into new territories
Type of:
accommodation
a settlement of differences

n a middle way between two extremes

Synonyms:
via media
Type of:
cooperation
joint operation or action

v make a compromise; arrive at a compromise

“we all must compromise
Types:
whore
compromise oneself for money or other gains
give and take
make mutual concessions
Type of:
agree
achieve harmony of opinion, feeling, or purpose

v settle by concession

Type of:
determine, settle, square off, square up
settle conclusively; come to terms
2

v expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute

“The nuclear secrets of the state were compromised by the spy”
Type of:
endanger, expose, peril, queer, scupper
put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
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