middle ground

noun

Definition of middle ground

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

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Synonyms

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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But there’s a middle ground between the two extremes: the classic square cut. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Matrix Sunglasses Fatigue? Here Are 13 Square Frames That Will Stand the Test of Time," 9 Aug. 2018 Flake, for example, tends to be a dove on immigration and sought impotently for a middle ground on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after Trump endangered it. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh is Jeff Flake’s most important test," 3 Oct. 2018 Is there a middle ground between parents who over-indulge their kids and those that benignly neglect them? Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "Is "Childism" Really the Next Racism?," 9 Jan. 2012 There’s almost no middle ground of humanity for a black woman. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dear White People's Logan Browning Calls #TimesUp on Black Women as Constant Caretakers," 30 May 2018 MacCallum has staked out a middle ground in public comments recently. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Fox’s MacCallum takes on new election-night role," 6 Nov. 2018 The study’s authors say the two groups utilize similar rhetoric and symbols, historical references, and memes – an attempt to extinguish middle ground and recruit new members to their cause by offering a sense of identity. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "The vicious circle of Islamist terrorism and far-right extremism," 6 July 2018 For a champion who is used to winning, finding and settling on a middle ground hasn't been easy. Liz Clarke, chicagotribune.com, "In triumphant return to Wimbledon, Serena Williams faces new questions," 2 July 2018 There’s a lot of tough rhetoric that makes the road to a middle ground — if there is one — tough to find. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Immigration reform seems impossible now ... and forever?," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of middle ground

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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middle ground

noun

English Language Learners Definition of middle ground

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

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