Simple Definition of modus vivendi
: an arrangement that helps people, groups, or countries work together peacefully even though they do not agree with each other
Full Definition of modus vivendiplural
modi vivendiplay \ˈmō-ˌdē-, ˈmō-ˌdī-\
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 in a sentence
The two nations developed a modus vivendi in order to avoid war.
Did You Know?
Modus vivendi literally means "manner of living" in Latin, and it sometimes has that meaning in English as well. Usually, though, a modus vivendi is a working arrangement that disputing parties can live with, at least until a more permanent solution can be found. Typically, a modus vivendi is an arrangement that ignores differences and difficulties. So, for example, two people going through a bitter divorce may be able to arrive at a modus vivendi that allows them to at least maintain an appearance of civility and dignity.
Origin and Etymology of modus vivendi
New Latin, manner of living
First Known Use: circa 1878
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