: a way of reaching agreement in which each person or group gives up something that was wanted in order to end an argument or dispute
: something that combines the qualities of two different things
EXAMPLE 1. “I noticed that my yahoo account had been compromised not making the connection to my recent visitor.”
Full Definition of COMPROMISE
2: a concession to something derogatory or prejudicial <a compromise of principles>
Examples of COMPROMISE
- the art of political compromise
- To avoid an argument, always be ready to seek compromise.
- a director who will not tolerate artistic compromise
- She says that accepting their proposal would be a compromise of her principles.
- “You can’t always come up with the optimal solution, but you can usually come up with a better solution,” he [Barack Obama] said over lunch one afternoon. “A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence.” —William Finnegan, New Yorker, 31 May 2004
Origin of COMPROMISE
Middle English, mutual promise to abide by an arbiter’s decision, from Anglo-French compromisse, from Latin compromissum, from neuter of compromissus, past participle of compromittere to promise mutually, from com- + promittere to promise — more at promise
First Known Use: 15th century