What does compromise mean?

Definitions for compromise
ˈkɒm prəˌmaɪzcom·pro·mise

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compromise, via medianoun

    a middle way between two extremes

  2. compromiseverb

    an accommodation in which both sides make concessions

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

  3. compromiseverb

    make a compromise; arrive at a compromise

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

  4. compromiseverb

    settle by concession

  5. compromiseverb

    expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute

    "The nuclear secrets of the state were compromised by the spy"


  1. compromisenoun

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

  2. compromisenoun

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

  3. compromiseverb

    To bind by mutual agreement.

  4. compromiseverb

    To find a way between extremes.

  5. compromiseverb

    To cause impairment of.

  6. compromiseverb

    To breach a security system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compromisenoun

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

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

  2. Compromisenoun

    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. Compromisenoun

    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. Compromisenoun

    to bind by mutual agreement; to agree

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

  5. Compromisenoun

    to adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound

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

  6. Compromisenoun

    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. Compromiseverb

    to agree; to accord

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

  8. Compromiseverb

    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.

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    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. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid:

    The delicate compromise that came out of the Foreign Relations Committee is really a fine piece of work, we brought that to the floor and tried to cooperate as much as could until we realized that every amendment the Republicans offered was to denigrate and hurt and destroy that bill.

  2. Gina Raimondo:

    And the reality is, they knew increased corporate taxes were coming, and I have been very pleased by how many CEOs have come out to support the President's plan. So, there will be room for compromise, for sure.

  3. Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu:

    It was a good compromise.

  4. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis:

    We will compromise and compromise and compromise but we will never be compromised.

  5. Jeff Denham:

    We're having a discussion about E-Verify and Ag jobs -- two very important issues that we've yet to discuss so far, so we're going to spend the weekend and delay the vote until next week to see if we can come to a compromise on those final two issues.

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