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golden mean

noun
1.
the perfect moderate course or position that avoids extremes; the happy medium.
Origin of golden mean
1580-1590
1580-90
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golden mean

noun
1.
the middle course between extremes
2.
another term for golden section

golden section

noun
1.
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 Compare golden ratio
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The desirable middle ground between any two extremes, according to the philosophy of Aristotle.

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