modus vivendi

mo·​dus vi·​ven·​di | \ ˌmō-dəs-vi-ˈven-dē How to pronounce modus vivendi (audio) , -ˌdī \
plural modi vivendi\ ˈmō-​ˌdē-​ How to pronounce modus vivendi (audio) , ˈmō-​ˌdī-​ \

Definition of modus vivendi

1 : a feasible arrangement or practical compromise especially : one that bypasses difficulties
2 : a manner of living : a way of life

Examples of modus vivendi in a Sentence

The two nations developed a modus vivendi in order to avoid war.
Recent Examples on the Web Were negotiations -- promoted by the international community -- to restart, Hamas would be the loser as its modus vivendi is armed resistance to the Jewish state. Tim Lister, CNN, 16 May 2021 That’s not shocking in Brazilian soccer: indebted clubs are a part of the modus vivendi and operandi. Samindra Kunti, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2021 Of course, using an exaggerated Iranian threat to overcome obstacles to a modus vivendi between Israel and its Arab neighbors is nothing new. Trita Parsi, The New Republic, 20 Aug. 2020 Through the centuries, the two sides had worked out a modus vivendi, with inhabitants of the enclaves given right of passage so that, for example, Ms. Reijbroek can live in her apartment on the other side of the street, in the Netherlands. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, 6 May 2020 Countries must find a modus vivendi, as Vitaly Portnikov says: equal countries on equal footing, living together. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 19 Dec. 2019 Pius, whose initial instinct was to find a modus vivendi with the new world, was mugged by the revolutions of 1848. David P. Deavel, National Review, 24 Oct. 2019 Mr Putin will try to push both sides towards a modus vivendi. The Economist, 14 Oct. 2019 In a saner world, the Yankees and Flyers might have worked out a modus vivendi. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of modus vivendi

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for modus vivendi

New Latin, manner of living

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The first known use of modus vivendi was in 1875

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30 May 2021

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“Modus vivendi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of modus vivendi

formal : an arrangement that helps people, groups, or countries work together peacefully even though they do not agree with each other


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