The definition of a compromise is when two sides give up some demands to meet somewhere in the middle.(noun)
An example of compromise is a teenager wanting to come home at midnight, while their parent wants them to come home at 10pm, they end up agreeing upon 11pm.
Compromise means to give up some demands and agree on something less than what was originally wanted.(verb)
An example of compromise is a very clean person deciding they don't need to mop everyday in order to have some quality family time.
See compromise in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME & OFr compromis < LL compromissum, a compromise, mutual promise < L compromissus, pp. of compromittere, to make a mutual promise to abide by an arbiter's decision < com-, together + promittere, to promise
See compromise in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English compromis
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin comprōmissum, mutual promise
Origin: , from
Origin: neuter past participle of comprōmittere, to promise mutually
Origin: : com-, com-
Origin: + prōmittere, to promise; see promise.
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