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compromise

noun com·pro·mise \ ˈkäm-prə-ˌmīz \

Definition of compromise

1 a :settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions
b :something intermediate between or blending qualities of two different things
2 :a concession to something derogatory or prejudicial
  • a compromise of principles

Examples of compromise in a Sentence

  1. "You can't always come up with the optimal solution, but you can usually come up with a better solution," he [Barack Obama] said over lunch one afternoon. "A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence." —William FinneganNew Yorker31 May 2004
  2. I therefore proposed a … strategy that raised the possibility of compromise —Robert S. McNamaraIn Retrospect1995
  3. I've had other films that were successful, but I'm aware of the compromises I made—and they were tremendous. —Woody AllenRolling Stone16 Sept. 1993
  4. In his promotion of burgeoning black writers, however, Hughes made no compromises. —Rita DoveNew York Times Book Review9 Oct. 1988
  5. the art of political compromise

  6. To avoid an argument, always be ready to seek compromise.

  7. a director who will not tolerate artistic compromise

  8. She says that accepting their proposal would be a compromise of her principles.

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Origin and Etymology of compromise

Middle English, mutual promise to abide by an arbiter's decision, from Anglo-French compromisse, from Latin compromissum, from neuter of compromissus, past participle of compromittere to promise mutually, from com- + promittere to promise — more at promise


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compromise

verb com·pro·mise \ ˈkäm-prə-ˌmīz \

Definition of compromise

compromised; compromising
transitive verb
1 obsolete :to bind by mutual agreement
2 :to adjust or settle by mutual concessions
  • An arbiter was brought in to compromise their differences.
3 a :to expose to suspicion, discredit, or mischief
  • His reputation has been compromised.
b :to reveal or expose to an unauthorized person and especially to an enemy
  • Confidential information was compromised.
c :to cause the impairment of
  • a compromised immune system
  • a seriously compromised patient
intransitive verb
1 a :to come to agreement by mutual concession
  • The two sides were unwilling to compromise.
  • The union and employer agreed to compromise.
b :to find or follow a way between extremes
2 :to make a shameful or disreputable concession
  • wouldn't compromise with their principles

compromiser

noun

Examples of compromise in a Sentence

  1. You don't make deals that compromise yourself or your team, of course, but you help other riders if you can, so they might return the favor. —Lance ArmstrongIt's Not About the Bike(2000) 2001
  2. The book is compromised by the author's lack of selectivity. —Amy HempelMs.October/November 1999
  3. Our plan had been to pass a good balanced budget without compromising its essential components … —Tony BlankleyGeorgeSeptember 1997
  4. Lieutenant Charon would get a pat on the back from his captain … not to mention congratulations for running such a quiet and effective operation that had not compromised his informants … —Tom ClancyWithout Remorse1994
  5. Finally, the two sides compromised and a treaty was signed … —Alfredo QuartoCultural Survival Quarterly1990
  6. The two sides were unwilling to compromise.

  7. We can't reveal that information without compromising national security.

  8. a dangerous drug that can further compromise an already weakened immune system

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Origin and Etymology of compromise



COMPROMISE Defined for English Language Learners

compromise

noun

Definition of compromise for English Language Learners

  • : a way of reaching agreement in which each person or group gives up something that was wanted in order to end an argument or dispute

  • : something that combines the qualities of two different things

  • : a change that makes something worse and that is not done for a good reason


compromise

verb

Definition of compromise for English Language Learners

  • : to give up something that you want in order to reach an agreement : to settle differences by means of a compromise

  • : to expose (something) to risk or danger

  • : to damage or weaken (something)


COMPROMISE Defined for Kids

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compromise

noun com·pro·mise \ ˈkäm-prə-ˌmīz \

Definition of compromise for Students

1 :an agreement over a dispute reached by each side changing or giving up some demands
  • After much argument, they finally reached a compromise.
2 :something agreed upon as a result of each side changing or giving up some demands
  • Our compromise is to take turns with the toy.

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compromise

verb

Definition of compromise for Students

compromised; compromising
1 :to settle by agreeing that each side will change or give up some demands
2 :to expose to risk, suspicion, or disgrace
  • A spy can compromise national security.

Medical Dictionary

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compromise

transitive verb com·pro·mise \ ˈkäm-prə-ˌmīz \

medical Definition of compromise

compromised; compromising
:to cause the impairment of
  • certain chemical agents may compromise placental function
  • a compromised immune system

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compromise

noun

medical Definition of compromise

:the condition of having been compromised :impairment
  • cardiovascular compromise
  • patients at risk for airway compromise
  • —David Jaffe et al

Law Dictionary

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compromise

noun com·pro·mise

legal Definition of compromise

:an agreement resolving differences by mutual concessions especially to prevent or end a lawsuit

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compromise

verb

legal Definition of compromise

compromised; compromising
transitive verb
:to resolve or dispose of by a compromise
  • cases in which a dispute is compromised
  • —E. A. Farnsworth and W. F. Young
intransitive verb
:to enter into a compromise


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