Definitions for compromiseˈkɒm prəˌmaɪz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•pro•miseˈkɒm prəˌmaɪz(n.; v.)-mised, -mis•ing.

  1. (n.)a settlement of differences by mutual adjustment or modification of opposing claims, principles, demands, etc.; agreement by mutual concession.

  2. the result of such a settlement.

  3. something intermediate between different things.

  4. an endangering, esp. of reputation; exposure to danger, suspicion, etc.

  5. (v.t.)to settle by a compromise.

  6. to expose or make vulnerable to danger, suspicion, scandal, etc.; jeopardize:

    Such mistakes compromise our safety.

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  7. Obs. to bind by bargain or agreement. to bring to terms.

  8. (v.i.)to make a compromise or compromises.

  9. 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

com′pro•mis`ing•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. compromise, via media(noun)

    a middle way between two extremes

  2. compromise(verb)

    an accommodation in which both sides make concessions

    "the newly elected congressmen rejected a compromise because they considered it `business as usual'"

  3. compromise(verb)

    make a compromise; arrive at a compromise

    "nobody will get everything he wants; we all must compromise"

  4. compromise(verb)

    settle by concession

  5. compromise(verb)

    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

  1. compromise(verb)ˈkɒm prəˌmaɪz

    (of two people or groups) to give up a little of what each wants to make an agreement

    willing to compromise on price

  2. compromiseˈkɒm prəˌmaɪz

    to harm sth important

    to compromise the quality of a product

  3. compromise(noun)ˈkɒm prəˌmaɪz

    a way of reaching agreement by giving up sth

    to make a compromise on the issue; to fail to reach a compromise

Wiktionary

  1. compromise(Noun)

    The settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions.

  2. compromise(Noun)

    A committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender; as, a compromise of character or right.

  3. compromise(Verb)

    To bind by mutual agreement.

  4. compromise(Verb)

    To find a way between extremes.

  5. compromise(Verb)

    To cause impairment of.

  6. compromise(Verb)

    To breach a security system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compromise(noun)

    a mutual agreement to refer matters in dispute to the decision of arbitrators

  2. Compromise(noun)

    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

  3. Compromise(noun)

    a committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender; as, a compromise of character or right

  4. Compromise(noun)

    to bind by mutual agreement; to agree

  5. Compromise(noun)

    to adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound

  6. Compromise(noun)

    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

  7. Compromise(verb)

    to agree; to accord

  8. Compromise(verb)

    to make concession for conciliation and peace

Freebase

  1. Compromise

    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

  1. compromise

    The known or suspected exposure of clandestine personnel, installations, or other assets or of classified information or material, to an unauthorized person.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'compromise' in Nouns Frequency: #1933


Translations for compromise

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

compromise(noun)

(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.

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