What does compromise mean?

Definitions for compromiseˈkɒm prəˌmaɪz

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word compromise.

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

  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

  9. Origin: [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.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski:

    We made a compromise.

  2. Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu:

    It was a good compromise.

  3. Francois Hollande:

    We will find a compromise.

  4. Daniel Clemens:

    This is a horrible compromise.

  5. Jim Jordan:

    Of course we’re willing to compromise.

Images & Illustrations of compromise

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