middle ground

noun

1
: a standpoint or area midway between extreme or opposing positions, options, or objectives
2

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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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Middle ground.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middle%20ground. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

middle ground

noun
: a position midway between extreme or opposing points of view, choices, or objectives
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