middle ground


Definition of middle ground

1 : a standpoint or area midway between extreme or opposing positions, options, or objectives

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Examples of middle ground in a Sentence

The judge of the case chose a middle ground between harshness and leniency. Both sides in this debate need to do more to establish some middle ground.
Recent Examples on the Web The two have found some middle ground, including the name, makeup and selection process for the board. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "‘We want a real overview process’: Bexar County, deputies’ union clash over accountability," 5 Dec. 2020 As one of the very few spaces in Washington D.C. for creatives of color, The Quincy House began as a middle ground for those in need of a venue for networking and socializing. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "These Women Created A Safe Haven For DC’s Black Creatives," 30 Nov. 2020 Baldermann described the village ordinance as a middle ground in protecting public health and supporting the local economy. Alicia Fabbre, chicagotribune.com, "New Lenox imposes mandatory face covering law for public places," 24 Nov. 2020 There's always a balance between the designer and the homeowner, function and aesthetics, and quite often, the question of finding middle ground between different tastes and needs in one family. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Breezy Beach House Designed for Three Generations of Women," 19 Oct. 2020 But answers weren’t as ample as questions, and the pursuit of a middle ground often proved to be a red herring. Eric Mcquade, The Atlantic, "The 50 Best Podcasts of 2020," 26 Dec. 2020 Lead toward your conception of the right but always seek middle ground. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Mrs. Smith’s Tips for New Lawmakers," 10 Dec. 2020 Although reticent to discuss the 2020 election, Corgan bemoans the loss of a middle ground. Suzy Exposito, chicagotribune.com, "Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan has a lot to say about Spotify, Courtney Love and our ‘dystopia’," 25 Nov. 2020 Although reticent to discuss the 2020 election, Corgan bemoans the loss of a middle ground. Suzy Exposito Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan has a lot to say about Spotify, Courtney Love and our ‘dystopia’," 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of middle ground

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of middle ground was in 1752

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16 Jan 2021

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“Middle ground.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middle%20ground. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of middle ground

: a position or set of opinions that is acceptable to many different people

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