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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But there is no middle ground and these battles begin before its participants even realize they are fully engaged. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: UConn's Case Against Kevin Ollie Firm By Contract Terms, Flimsy By Common Sense," 21 June 2018 Rather than going straight from the bedroom to a public space, find a middle ground, advises Vogels. Kristin Koch, Woman's Day, "How to Sync Up Your Sex Life," 20 Aug. 2012 Breakdown’ podcast, Season 5: The McIver Trial After Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney told jurors to continue deliberations, both sides found a middle ground: felony murder. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Georgia juries are left in the dark when it comes to punishment," 8 June 2018 The Larkfield Shopping Center is the middle ground, the divide between normalcy and destruction, said Karly Walzer, 25. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Santa Rosa shops survived the wildfires, but aftermath leaves them struggling," 23 Apr. 2018 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

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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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