Definitions for compromiseˈkɒm prəˌmaɪz
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
com•pro•miseˈkɒm prəˌmaɪz(n.; v.)-mised, -mis•ing.
(n.)a settlement of differences by mutual adjustment or modification of opposing claims, principles, demands, etc.; agreement by mutual concession.
the result of such a settlement.
something intermediate between different things.
an endangering, esp. of reputation; exposure to danger, suspicion, etc.
(v.t.)to settle by a compromise.
to expose or make vulnerable to danger, suspicion, scandal, etc.; jeopardize:
Such mistakes compromise our safety.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Obs. to bind by bargain or agreement. to bring to terms.
(v.i.)to make a compromise or compromises.
to make a dishonorable or shameful concession:
to compromise with one's principles.
Origin of compromise:
1400–50; late ME < AF compromisse, MF compromis < L comprōmissum joint agreement < comprōmittere to enter into an agreement. See com -, promise
compromise, via media(noun)
a middle way between two extremes
an accommodation in which both sides make concessions
"the newly elected congressmen rejected a compromise because they considered it `business as usual'"
make a compromise; arrive at a compromise
"nobody will get everything he wants; we all must compromise"
settle by concession
expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute
"The nuclear secrets of the state were compromised by the spy"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
(of two people or groups) to give up a little of what each wants to make an agreement
willing to compromise on price
to harm sth important
to compromise the quality of a product
a way of reaching agreement by giving up sth
to make a compromise on the issue; to fail to reach a compromise
The settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions.
A committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender; as, a compromise of character or right.
To bind by mutual agreement.
To find a way between extremes.
To cause impairment of.
To breach a security system.
a mutual agreement to refer matters in dispute to the decision of arbitrators
a settlement by arbitration or by mutual consent reached by concession on both sides; a reciprocal abatement of extreme demands or rights, resulting in an agreement
a committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender; as, a compromise of character or right
to bind by mutual agreement; to agree
to adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound
to pledge by some act or declaration; to endanger the life, reputation, etc., of, by some act which can not be recalled; to expose to suspicion
to agree; to accord
to make concession for conciliation and peace
To compromise is to make a deal between different parties where each party gives up part of their demand. In arguments, compromise is a concept of finding agreement through communication, through a mutual acceptance of terms—often involving variations from an original goal or desire. Extremism is often considered as antonym to compromise, which, depending on context, may be associated with concepts of balance and tolerance. In the negative connotation, compromise may be referred to as capitulation, referring to a "surrender" of objectives, principles, or material, in the process of negotiating an agreement. In human relationships "compromise" is frequently said to be an agreement that no party is happy with, this is because the parties involved often feel that they either gave away too much or that they received too little.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
The known or suspected exposure of clandestine personnel, installations, or other assets or of classified information or material, to an unauthorized person.
Translations for compromise
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(a) settlement of differences in which each side gives up something it has previously demanded
We argued for a long time but finally arrived at a compromise.
- kompromis, ooreenkoms, skikking, vergelyk, dading; middewegAfrikaans
- تَسْوِيَة نِزاع، إتِّفاقArabic
- entendimentoPortuguese (BR)
- der KompromißGerman
- acuerdo mutuo, término medioSpanish
- مصالحه؛ سازشFarsi
- kiegyezés, kompromisszumHungarian
- kata sepakatMalay
- kompromiss, mellomvei, minnelig løsningNorwegian
- مصالحه؛ سازشPersian
- uzlaşma, anlaşmaTurkish
- 妥協Chinese (Trad.)
- سمجھوتہ کرناUrdu
- sự thỏa hiệpVietnamese
- 妥协Chinese (Simp.)
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