middle ground


Definition of middle ground 

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

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Synonyms for middle ground


golden mean, mean, medium, middle, midpoint

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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.

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While most of the Orioles’ intentions at this deadline are transparent, there’s been little indications whether their plans to sell extend to players in that club-control middle ground that Gausman and Bundy live in. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Before long, Orioles' uncertain future will drag top arms Gausman, Bundy into rebuild conversation," 5 July 2018 The end result is a challenging few weeks ahead for the government to figure out a practical, and legal, middle ground. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "4 things we don't know about family reunifications," 5 July 2018 But to win, the leading Republican and Democratic candidates are eschewing the middle ground in this heavily independent purple state to appeal to their respective bases. Washington Post, "8 vie in primaries to succeed centrist Colorado governor," 23 June 2018 Richard DeMillo, the executive director of the Center for 21st Century Universities at the Georgia Institute of Technology, thinks that some traditional campuses will gradually move toward a similar middle ground. Jeffrey Selingo, The Atlantic, "The Future of College Looks Like the Future of Retail," 16 Apr. 2018 And that leaves everyone in a difficult middle ground—a no man’s land with no obvious or immediate route out. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Tesla's Autopilot Was Involved in Another Deadly Car Crash," 30 Mar. 2018 But the increasingly toxic political environment forces us to take sides because the middle ground where problems are generally solved no longer exists. Christine M. Flowers, Philly.com, "People think they know what I believe because I'm a conservative columnist. They're wrong | Christine Flowers," 21 June 2018 If your employer insists all employees participate, consider a middle ground. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "Ask HR: My boss wants me to share personal info on company's social media. Can I refuse?," 24 Apr. 2018 Nowadays, though, the Heat franchise is stuck in a middle ground in the NBA. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "Shaq reminisces on time with Heat, thinks Pat Riley will 'make some moves this summer'," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of middle ground

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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