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 vivendi
plural modi vivendi play \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.
Origin of modus vivendi
New Latin, manner of living
First Known Use: circa 1878
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