golden mean


: the medium between extremes : moderation

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
Recent Examples on the Web In many quantitative traits the 'golden mean' holds true... Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 7 Dec. 2010 The liberal individualist world then may be the world of the golden mean in between. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 19 Mar. 2012 In this world, the golden mean does not exist and equipoise is a pipe dream. Kent Sepkowitz, CNN, 5 Nov. 2022 The trajectory's holding steady, not trending to the golden mean of 2%. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2021 The result of this mechanical wizardry is the golden mean of a modern luxury conveyance. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 11 Dec. 2021 Sullivan notes, for instance, Mayan astrologers’ discovery of the golden mean. Alyssa Mora, Variety, 22 Oct. 2021 The Prediction Survey, Miller's golden mean, has Warnock as a 1.46% favorite. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 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, 13 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1541, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of golden mean was in 1541

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“Golden mean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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golden mean

: the medium between extremes

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