Definition of Compromise

1. Noun. A middle way between two extremes.

Exact synonyms: Via Media
Generic synonyms: Cooperation

2. Verb. Make a compromise; arrive at a compromise. "Nobody will get everything he wants; we all must compromise"
Generic synonyms: Agree
Specialized synonyms: Whore, Give And Take

3. Noun. An accommodation in which both sides make concessions. "The newly elected congressmen rejected a compromise because they considered it `business as usual'"
Generic synonyms: Accommodation
Specialized synonyms: Missouri Compromise

4. Verb. Settle by concession.
Generic synonyms: Determine, Settle, Square Off, Square Up
Entails: Agree, Concord, Concur, Hold

5. Verb. Expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute. "The nuclear secrets of the state were compromised by the spy"
Generic synonyms: Endanger, Expose, Peril, Queer, Scupper

Definition of Compromise

1. n. A mutual agreement to refer matters in dispute to the decision of arbitrators.

2. v. t. To bind by mutual agreement; to agree.

3. v. i. To agree; to accord.

Definition of Compromise

1. Noun. The settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions. ¹

2. Noun. A committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender; as, a compromise of character or right. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To bind by mutual agreement. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To find a way between extremes. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To cause impairment of. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To breach a security system. ¹

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Literary usage of Compromise

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"The subscription, conceding for argument that it was valid, and all liability arising out of it, was canceled and determined by valid compromise made by ..."

2. A History of the People of the United States: From the Revolution to the by John Bach McMaster (1910)
"A newspaper in Vermont called the compromise Bill a glorious measure of wisdom and pacification. The Boston Advertiser could ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1910)
"Equity will not allow a party to a compromise to conceal facts which the other party has a ... In a compromise settlement of the estate of an Intestate, ..."

4. Thirty Years' View; Or, A History of the Working of the American Government by Thomas Hart Benton (1856)
"I; The senator from Kentucky has said, Mr. President, that I, of all men, ought to be grateful to him for the compromise act. [Mr. CLAY. ..."

5. The Rise of the Dutch Republic: A History by John Lothrop Motley (1856)
"THE most remarkable occurrence in the earlier part of the year 15^C was the famous compromise. This document, by which the signers pledged themselves to ..."

6. Library of Southern Literature by Edwin Anderson Alderman, Joel Chandler Harris, Charles William Kent (1909)
"I request permission to propose: "LET US NEVER DESPAIR OF THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC 1" THE compromise OF 1850 On a former occasion, when Missouri knocked at the ..."

7. Parties and Slavery, 1850-1859 by Theodore Clarke Smith (1906)
"CHAPTER II THE compromise A FINALITY (1850-1851) THE three years following the passage of Henry Clay's compromise measures were marked by the apparent ..."

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