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golden mean

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

golden mean

noun
1.
the middle course between extremes
2.
another term for golden section
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golden-mean in Culture

golden mean definition


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

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