mid·​dle-of-the-road | \ ˈmi-dᵊl-əv-ṯẖə-ˈrōd How to pronounce middle-of-the-road (audio) \

Definition of middle-of-the-road

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: standing for or following a course of action midway between extremes especially : being neither liberal nor conservative in politics

middle of the road

noun phrase

Definition of middle of the road (Entry 2 of 2)

: a course of action or a standpoint midway between extremes

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middle-of-the-roader \ ˈmi-​dᵊl-​əv-​ṯẖə-​ˈrō-​dər How to pronounce middle-of-the-roader (audio) \ noun
middle-of-the-roadism \ ˈmi-​dᵊl-​əv-​ṯẖə-​ˈrō-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce middle-of-the-roadism (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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First Known Use of middle-of-the-road


1894, in the meaning defined above

Noun phrase

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of middle-of-the-road was in 1891

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“Middle-of-the-road.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middle-of-the-road. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of middle-of-the-road

: supporting or following a course of action that is not extreme and that is acceptable to many different people

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