golden mean


Definition of golden mean

: the medium between extremes : moderation

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when it comes to money, the golden mean is saving some income, while giving yourself a modest spending allowance
Recent Examples on the Web The Prediction Survey, Miller's golden mean, has Warnock as a 1.46% favorite. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Georgia Senate races: Data scientist’s final prediction has Democrats taking both seats," 5 Jan. 2021 This golden mean—or the happy medium where life regains some parts of normalcy—has existed all along in COVID-19 recommendations on a national level, but the strategy hinges on events happening in the right sequence. Nsikan Akpan, National Geographic, "What Fauci says the U.S. really needs to reopen safely," 13 Aug. 2020 Imitation allows for virtuosity but traduces its source, which is why Dryden champions the golden mean of Paraphrase. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Fifty Approaches to an Antic Arabic Masterpiece," 26 June 2020 Whereas a crystal can be understood as a motif of atoms repeating with a certain frequency in space, a quasicrystal involves two or more frequencies and their ratio is an irrational number, like the square root of two or the golden mean. Quanta Magazine, "In a Grain, a Glimpse of the Cosmos," 13 June 2014 If Bevin strayed too far from the political golden mean, John Bel Edwards never wavered. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Why Candidates Matter Most," 23 Nov. 2019 Spago today lands squarely in the golden mean of upscale dining: modern but not exactly modernist; elegant but not stuffy; stimulating but rarely thrilling. Patricia Escárcega,, "Spago at middle age: Is Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant still relevant?," 27 June 2019 There are moderates and there are extremists, and there are those who always seek the golden mean between the two. Amos Oz, Harper's magazine, "Setting the World to Rights," 10 Apr. 2019 No one had actually read Hogan’s book, nor anything about Smithson’s creation of the spiral, which some say reflects Fibonacci’s golden mean. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 2018

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First Known Use of golden mean

1541, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2021

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“Golden mean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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