golden mean


Definition of golden mean

: the medium between extremes : moderation

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Synonyms for golden mean


mean, medium, middle, middle ground, midpoint

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Examples of golden mean in a Sentence

when it comes to money, the golden mean is saving some income, while giving yourself a modest spending allowance

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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 Most of his neighbors too seem to have found a kind of golden mean between old and new, and peace has broken out on the hillside vineyards of Barolo and Barbaresco, which now enjoy an unprecedented renown, thanks to the King of Barbaresco. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "How a wine making dynasty challenged the old ways in order to save itself.," 11 Oct. 2016 Tapping into civic energy in America What could a golden mean in the US look like? Elena Souris, Vox, "Data rights are civic rights: a participatory framework for GDPR in the US?," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of golden mean

1587, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of golden mean was in 1587

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