Definitions for: Compromise


[n] a middle way between two extremes
[n] an accommodation in which both sides make concessions; "the newly elected congressmen rejected a compromise because they considered it `business as usual'"
[v] settle by concession
[v] make a compromise; arrive at a compromise; "nobody will get everything he wants; we all must compromise"
[v] expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute; "The nuclear secrets of the state were compromised by the spy"



Webster (1913) Definition: Com"pro*mise, n. [F. compromis, fr. L. compromissum
a mutual promise to abide by the decision of an arbiter, fr.
compromittere to make such a promise; com- + promittere to
promise. See Promise.]
1. A mutual agreement to refer matters in dispute to the
decision of arbitrators. [Obs.] --Burrill.

2. 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.

But basely yielded upon compromise That which his
noble ancestors achieved with blows. --Shak.

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

An abhorrence of concession and compromise is a
never failing characteristic of religious factions.
--Hallam.

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

I was determined not to accept any fine speeches, to
the compromise of that sex the belonging to which
was, after all, my strongest claim and title to
them. --Lamb.


Com"pro*mise, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compromised; p.
pr. & vb. n. Compromising.] [From Compromise, n.; cf.
Compromit.]
1. To bind by mutual agreement; to agree. [Obs.]

Laban and himself were compromised That all the
eanlings which were streaked and pied Should fall as
Jacob's hire. --Shak.

2. To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound.

The controversy may easily be compromised. --Fuller.

3. 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 pardon all who had been compromised in the late
disturbances. --Motley.


Com"pro*mise, v. i.
1. To agree; to accord. [Obs.]

2. To make concession for conciliation and peace.

Synonyms: via media

See Also: accommodation, agree, concord, concur, cooperation, determine, endanger, expose, give and take, hold, Missouri Compromise, peril, queer, scupper, settle, square off, square up

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