modus vivendi


mo·dus vi·ven·di

noun \ˌmō-dəs-vi-ˈven-dē, -ˌdī\

: an arrangement that helps people, groups, or countries work together peacefully even though they do not agree with each other

plural mo·di vivendi \ˈmō-ˌdē-, ˈmō-ˌdī-\

Full Definition of MODUS VIVENDI

1
:  a feasible arrangement or practical compromise; especially :  one that bypasses difficulties
2
:  a manner of living :  a way of life

Examples of MODUS VIVENDI

  1. The two nations developed a modus vivendi in order to avoid war.

Origin of MODUS VIVENDI

New Latin, manner of living
First Known Use: circa 1878

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