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 modi 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 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, "In a Town Split by a Border, Virus Rules Vary From Door to Door," 6 May 2020 Countries must find a modus vivendi, as Vitaly Portnikov says: equal countries on equal footing, living together. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Ukraine and Us," 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, "Catholicism Confronts Modernity," 24 Oct. 2019 Mr Putin will try to push both sides towards a modus vivendi. The Economist, "Turkey’s invasion has thrown a once-stable corner of Syria into chaos," 14 Oct. 2019 In a saner world, the Yankees and Flyers might have worked out a modus vivendi. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Wahooing Betsy Ross," 10 July 2019 Iranian negotiators genuinely interested in a modus vivendi would get a hearing in Washington. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "The Case for Restraint in the Gulf," 17 June 2019 The deal was seen through an economic lens but also through a security lens, setting a modus vivendi between Tehran and Washington. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Iran asks Europe what it can offer to keep it in the nuclear deal after U.S. pullout," 25 May 2018 Neither the Russian government nor the population at large is able to establish a modus vivendi with the international community. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: Richard Pipes," 17 May 2018

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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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“Modus vivendi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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