Compromise meaning

kŏm'prə-mīz'
The definition of a compromise is when two sides give up some demands to meet somewhere in the middle.

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.

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Compromise means to give up some demands and agree on something less than what was originally wanted.

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.

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A weakening or reduction of one's principles or standards.

A compromise of morality.

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The negotiated settlement to a dispute in which at least some of the parties agree to accept less than they originally wanted.Typically, none of the parties that make concessions in the spirit of compromise is ecstatic about the settlement, but all can accept it.The standards-making process is characterized by compromise, with multiple manufacturers, governments, and other interested parties lobbying to enhance their individual positions and ultimately compromising on a specification that often is not the optimum technical solution, but is acceptable to a majority.
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To reduce the quality, value, or degree of something, such as one's ideals.
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Impairment, as by disease or injury.

Physiological compromise.

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To arrive at a settlement by making concessions.
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To settle or adjust by concessions on both sides.
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Something that combines qualities or elements of different things.

The incongruous design is a compromise between high tech and early American.

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A settlement in which each side gives up some demands or makes concessions.
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To weaken or give up (one's principles, ideals, etc.) as for reasons of expediency.
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To arrive at a settlement by making concessions.
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To weaken or otherwise impair.

Drugs that compromised his immune system.

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To impair, as by disease or injury.

An immune system that was compromised by a virus.

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An agreement between two or more parties to settle differences between them by mutual concessions. The result of such concessions. To end a dispute by compromise. To adjust by concessions. Something midway between two or more conflicting, different, or opposing things. A partial payment made by a debtor in exchange for the creditor’s promise not to seek payment of the remainder owed or claimed.
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A committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender.

A compromise of character or right.

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(intransitive) To bind by mutual agreement.
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To pledge by some act or declaration; to endanger the life, reputation, etc., of, by some act which can not be recalled; to expose to suspicion.
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Something midway between two other things in quality, effect, etc.
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Impairment, as by disease or injury.

Physiological compromise.

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To breach (a security system).

He tried to compromise the security in the computer by guessing the password.

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To impair, as by disease or injury.

An immune system that was compromised by a virus.

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To lay open to danger, suspicion, or disrepute.
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To make a compromise or compromises.
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To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound.
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(intransitive) To find a way between extremes.
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To settle by mutual concessions.

A dispute that was compromised.

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A settlement of differences in which each side makes concessions.
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Origin of compromise

  • Middle English compromis from Old French from Latin comprōmissum mutual promise from neuter past participle of comprōmittere to promise mutually com- com- prōmittere to promise promise
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle French compromis, from Medieval Latin, Late Latin compromissum (“a compromise, originally a mutual promise to refer to arbitration”), prop. neuter of Latin compromissus, past participle of compromittere (“to make a mutual promise to abide by the decision of an arbiter”), from com- (“together”) + promittere (“to promise”); see promise.
    From Wiktionary