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.

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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 Both countries will benefit if a modus vivendi can be found that opens markets and sets new rules of the road. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "China Trade Showdown," 2 May 2018 Even politicians inclined to be honest, observers say, are often obliged to forge a modus vivendi with the gangs. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Widespread killings of candidates cast shadow over Mexican elections," 10 Apr. 2018 But Trump’s trade policies are threatening his modus vivendi with the GOP. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "You’re Either With Trump on Trade, or Against Him," 5 Apr. 2018 Sometimes claims were backed with guns; in a few cases, squatter and owner worked out a modus vivendi of sharing the property. Nan Randall, The Atlantic, "'Charlottesville': A Government-Commissioned Story About Nuclear War," 25 Jan. 2018 What does alarm me is the fact that, clearly, if the two Koreas somehow managed a peaceful modus vivendi on their own, some people in the United States would devote themselves night and day to screwing that up. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "I Won't Let These Idiots Ruin the Olympics for Me," 12 Feb. 2018 The Republicans’ modus vivendi is to ignore that Trump keeps saying strange things that are not in the script. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "Donald Trump’s Two-Faced Presidency," 11 Jan. 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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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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