golden mean


Definition of golden mean

: the medium between extremes : moderation

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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
Recent Examples on the Web 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 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

1541, in the meaning defined above

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1 Dec 2019

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“Golden mean.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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