modus vivendi

modus vivendi

[moh-duhs vi-ven-dee, -dahy]
noun, plural modi vivendi [moh-dee vi-ven-dee, moh-dahy vi-ven-dahy] .
1.
manner of living; way of life; lifestyle.
2.
a temporary arrangement between persons or parties pending a settlement of matters in debate.

Origin:
1875–80; < Latin modus vivendī mode of living

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modus vivendi (ˈməʊdəs vɪˈvɛndiː, -ˈvɛndaɪ)
 
n , pl modi vivendi
a working arrangement between conflicting interests; practical compromise
 
[C19: from Latin: way of living]

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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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