golden mean

the perfect moderate course or position that avoids extremes; the happy medium.

1580–90 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
golden mean
1.  the middle course between extremes
2.  another term for golden section

golden section or golden mean
Compare golden ratio the proportion of the two divisions of a straight line or the two dimensions of a plane figure such that the smaller is to the larger as the larger is to the sum of the two. If the sides of a rectangle are in this proportion and a square is constructed internally on the shorter side, the rectangle that remains will also have sides in the same proportion
golden mean or golden mean

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Cultural Dictionary

golden mean definition

The desirable middle ground between any two extremes, according to the philosophy of Aristotle.

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Example sentences
Who loves the golden mean is safe from the poverty of a tenement, is free from
  the envy of a palace.
In theory, it can set up a sort of beauty contest, forcing the parties towards
  a golden mean in the centre of politics.
If you look even more carefully at this value you find it is the inverse of the
  golden mean to the power of three.
What unifies them is the golden mean that he himself once exemplified.
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