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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The new policies appear to be achieving something that have been elusive in the nation’s long-running gun debate: some form of middle ground. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "Retailers Walk Thin Line by Asking, Not Telling, Shoppers Not to Carry Guns," 9 Sep. 2019 Cities—and companies like CurbFlow–would like to find the middle ground. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Startup Wants to Tame the Chaos of City Street Parking," 3 Aug. 2019 Are House Democrats getting closer to taking a middle ground on impeaching President Trump — pursuing an impeachment inquiry without impeachment? NBC News, "What happened to the Republican outrage on Russia?," 26 July 2019 Many Republican lawmakers demurred or tried to find a middle ground, avoiding direct criticism of Trump while nonetheless expressing face-saving dissatisfaction. Anchorage Daily News, "‘He always doubles down’: Inside the political crisis caused by Trump’s racist tweets," 21 July 2019 If officials can find some kind of middle ground to keep the seals farther from the swimming beaches without violating the law, that might keep the villager pitchforks at bay. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "We’re afraid of sharks. But maybe we’re not afraid enough.," 9 July 2019 The question is finding a standard bearer for the cause of the middle ground of British politics. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Meet all the candidates in the running to be the UK’s next prime minister," 31 May 2019 The discovery of Loki opens a sort of middle ground between the two groups. Quanta Magazine, "Mongrel Microbe Tests Story of Complex Life," 29 Oct. 2015 Kidz Bop’s origin story is that two record executives, Craig Balsam and Cliff Chenfeld , were taking their children to birthday parties where there seemed to be no middle ground between inappropriate Top 40 songs and baby folk music. Rachel Saslow, Washington Post, "Kidz Bop is the go-to of tot music. But do we really need to replace ‘tattoo’ with ‘hairdo’?," 12 July 2019

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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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