Word of the Day: Compromise


noun \ˈkäm-prə-ˌmīz\

: 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

: a change that makes something worse and that is not done for a good reason

EXAMPLE 1. “I noticed that my yahoo account had been compromised not making the connection to my recent visitor.”

Full Definition of COMPROMISE

1a :  settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions

 b :  something intermediate between or blending qualities of two different things
2:  a concession to something derogatory or prejudicial <a compromise of principles>

Examples of COMPROMISE

  1. the art of political compromise
  2. To avoid an argument, always be ready to seek compromise.
  3. a director who will not tolerate artistic compromise
  4. She says that accepting their proposal would be a compromise of her principles.
  5. 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


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


accommodation, concession, give-and-take, negotiation

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