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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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 Facebook could find a middle ground in limiting how political campaigns use the company’s advertising platform, in particular limiting the ability to show ads to particular groups of people, a practice known as microtargeting. Dylan Byers, NBC News, "Facebook's Zuckerberg holds line on political ads, but microtargeting could change," 5 Nov. 2019 What is harder to find, among sushi bars and many other types of restaurants, is the middle ground. New York Times, "Swimming Against a Tide of Expensive Sushi," 5 Nov. 2019 Daniel Kreiss, a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina, said that a middle ground for Twitter and Facebook might be to allow political ads but to prohibit targeting, or showing them only to specific groups of people. Washington Post, "The pressure is now on Facebook to ban political ads, too," 31 Oct. 2019 Daniel Kreiss, a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina, said that a middle ground for Twitter and Facebook might be to allow political ads but to prohibit targeting, or showing them only to specific groups of people. Rachel Lerman, The Denver Post, "The pressure is now on Facebook to ban political ads, too," 31 Oct. 2019 Daniel Kreiss, a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina, said that a middle ground for Twitter and Facebook might be to allow political ads but to prohibit targeting, or showing them only to specific groups of people. Rachel Lerman, Twin Cities, "The pressure is now on Facebook to ban political ads, too," 31 Oct. 2019 Both Buttigieg and Klobuchar piled on -- seeking to grab the middle ground of many Democrats who fear Warren and Sanders are too left wing. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "The global reader's guide to what just happened at the Democratic debate -- Meanwhile in America," 16 Oct. 2019 In other words, the middle ground of American politics may be literally disappearing, but, to a large extent, candidates and parties are playing on the terrain they’ve been given. Dante Chinni, NBC News, "Election maps show "middle ground" communities are disappearing," 8 Sep. 2019 The muddle through scenario The middle ground here would be a situation where rates stay in a tight range for the foreseeable future. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "Making Sense of Bond Investing During a Deeply Unusual Year," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of middle ground

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Middle ground.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middle%20ground. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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