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compromise

[kom-pruh-mahyz] /ˈkɒm prəˌmaɪz/
noun
1.
a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.
2.
the result of such a settlement.
3.
something intermediate between different things:
The split-level is a compromise between a ranch house and a multistoried house.
4.
an endangering, especially of reputation; exposure to danger, suspicion, etc.:
a compromise of one's integrity.
verb (used with object), compromised, compromising.
5.
to settle by a compromise.
6.
to expose or make vulnerable to danger, suspicion, scandal, etc.; jeopardize:
a military oversight that compromised the nation's defenses.
7.
Obsolete.
  1. to bind by bargain or agreement.
  2. to bring to terms.
verb (used without object), compromised, compromising.
8.
to make a compromise or compromises:
The conflicting parties agreed to compromise.
9.
to make a dishonorable or shameful concession:
He is too honorable to compromise with his principles.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French compromisse, Middle French compromis < Latin comprōmissum. See com-, promise
Related forms
compromiser, noun
compromisingly, adverb
compromissary
[kom-prom-uh-ser-ee] /kɒmˈprɒm əˌsɛr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
noncompromising, adjective
procompromise, adjective
quasi-compromising, adjective
quasi-compromisingly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for quasicompromising

compromise

/ˈkɒmprəˌmaɪz/
noun
1.
settlement of a dispute by concessions on both or all sides
2.
the terms of such a settlement
3.
something midway between two or more different things
4.
an exposure of one's good name, reputation, etc, to injury
verb
5.
to settle (a dispute) by making concessions
6.
(transitive) to expose (a person or persons) to disrepute
7.
(transitive) to prejudice unfavourably; weaken his behaviour compromised his chances
8.
(transitive) (obsolete) to pledge mutually
Derived Forms
compromiser, noun
compromisingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Old French compromis, from Latin comprōmissum mutual agreement to accept the decision of an arbiter, from comprōmittere, from prōmittere to promise
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Word Origin and History for quasicompromising
compromise
1426, "a joint promise to abide by an arbiter's decision," from M.Fr. compromis, from L. compromissus, pp. of compromittere "to make a mutual promise" (to abide by an arbiter's decision), from com- "together" + promittere (see promise). The main modern sense is from extension to the settlement itself (1479).
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