What does compromise mean?

Definitions for compromise
ˈkɒm prəˌmaɪzcom·pro·mise

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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"


  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

    Etymology: [From Compromise, n.; cf. Compromit.]

  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

    Etymology: [From Compromise, n.; cf. Compromit.]

  3. Compromise(noun)

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

    Etymology: [From Compromise, n.; cf. Compromit.]

  4. Compromise(noun)

    to bind by mutual agreement; to agree

    Etymology: [From Compromise, n.; cf. Compromit.]

  5. Compromise(noun)

    to adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound

    Etymology: [From Compromise, n.; cf. Compromit.]

  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

    Etymology: [From Compromise, n.; cf. Compromit.]

  7. Compromise(verb)

    to agree; to accord

    Etymology: [From Compromise, n.; cf. Compromit.]

  8. Compromise(verb)

    to make concession for conciliation and peace

    Etymology: [From Compromise, n.; cf. Compromit.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Compromise

    kom′prō-mīz, n. a settlement of differences by mutual concession, adjustment of one's theories or principles.—v.t. to settle by mutual agreement and concession: to pledge: to involve or bring into question—to expose one's self to risk of danger or misunderstanding.—p.adj. Com′promised, exposed to danger or discredit. [Fr. compromis—L. compromittĕre, -missumcom, together, promittĕre, to promise.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. compromise

    The mutual agreement of a party or parties at difference, to refer to arbitration, or make an end of the matter.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of compromise in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of compromise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of compromise in a Sentence

  1. Kenta Inoue:

    This appears to be a routine ploy by the U.S. president, who applies trade pressure on China when stocks are doing well and opts for compromise when they are not.

  2. Ike Lalji:

    I guarantee if she goes there she will just focus on the competition, she will not get involved in her cause, it's a compromise.

  3. Jeremy Corbyn:

    The prime minister has not yet moved off her red lines so we can reach a compromise.

  4. Edmund Burke:

    All government -- indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act -- is founded on compromise and barter.

  5. Don Stewart:

    We have yet another bipartisan compromise and we're going to see tomorrow if Democrats continue to filibuster that bill. We hope they don't.

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