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modus vivendi

[moh-duh s vi-ven-dee, -dahy] /ˈmoʊ dəs vɪˈvɛn di, -daɪ/
noun, plural modi vivendi
[moh-dee vi-ven-dee, moh-dahy vi-ven-dahy] /ˈmoʊ di vɪˈvɛn di, ˈmoʊ daɪ vɪˈvɛn daɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
manner of living; way of life; lifestyle.
2.
a temporary arrangement between persons or parties pending a settlement of matters in debate.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < Latin modus vivendī mode of living
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British Dictionary definitions for modus vivendi

modus vivendi

/ˈməʊdəs vɪˈvɛndiː; -ˈvɛndaɪ/
noun (pl) modi vivendi (ˈməʊdiː vɪˈvɛndiː; ˈməʊdaɪ vɪˈvɛndaɪ)
1.
a working arrangement between conflicting interests; practical compromise
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: way of living
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n.

1879, Latin, literally "way of living or getting along" (see modus).

Modus vivendi is any temporary compromise that enables parties to carry on pending settlement of a dispute that would otherwise paralyse their activities. [Fowler]

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modus vivendi in Culture
modus vivendi [(moh-duhs vi-ven-dee, vi-ven-deye)]

A compromise between adversaries that allows them to get along temporarily: “During the separation, my parents adopted a modus vivendi that enabled them to tolerate each other.” From Latin, meaning a “method of living.”

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