compromise


compromise
I. compromise com‧pro‧mise 1 [ˈkɒmprəmaɪz ǁ ˈkɑːm-] noun [countable, uncountable]
an agreement between two people or groups in which both sides agree to accept less than they first asked for and to give up something that they value:

• Representatives of each side might well come to some sort of compromise.

  [m0] II. compromise compromise 2 verb [intransitive]
if two groups compromise, they each accept less than they first asked for, and each give up something that they value:
compromise on

• The company has refused to compromise on a reduction in the working week.

compromise with

• We agreed to compromise with the union on certain things.

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compromise UK US /ˈkɒmprəmaɪz/ noun
[C or U] a situation in which the people or groups involved in an argument reduce their demands in order to reach an agreement: arrive at/come to/reach a compromise »

House and Senate staffers are working long hours to try to reach a compromise.

acceptable/good/reasonable compromise »

A deal will stick only if the vast majority of bondholders accept it as a reasonable compromise.

a compromise deal/proposal/solution »

Both sides in the talks are willing to seek a compromise solution.

See Note AGREEMENT(Cf. agreement)
[C] a solution to a problem that makes it possible for two or more opposite or different things to exist together: compromise between sth and sth »

This piece of equipment is the ideal compromise between power and portability.

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compromise UK US /ˈkɒmprəmaɪz/ verb
[I] to reduce your demands in order to reach an agreement: compromise (with sb) on sth »

They compromised with the HR department on the details of the appraisal system.

[I or T] to risk harming something: compromise (on) sth »

'I believe it can be done without compromising on safety or service,' he said.

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His goal was to run a successful business without compromising his principles.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • COMPROMISE — (Heb. פְּשָׁרָה, pesharah; apparently derived from the term pesher, solution, Eccles. 8:1), deciding a civil law dispute (dinei mamonot) by the court or an arbitral body, through the exercise of their discretion and not according to the laws… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • compromise — com·pro·mise 1 n: an agreement resolving differences by mutual concessions esp. to prevent or end a lawsuit compromise 2 vb mised, mis·ing vt: to resolve or dispose of by a compromise cases in which a dispute is compromised E. A. Farnsworth and W …   Law dictionary

  • Compromise — Com pro*mise, n. [F. compromis, fr. L. compromissum a mutual promise to abide by the decision of an arbiter, fr. compromittere to make such a promise; com + promittere to promise. See {Promise}.] 1. A mutual agreement to refer matters in dispute… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compromise — [n] agreement, give and take accommodation, accord, adjustment, arrangement, bargain, compact, composition, concession, contract, copout*, covenant, deal, fifty fifty*, half and half, half measure, happy medium*, mean, middle course, middle… …   New thesaurus

  • compromise — [käm′prə mīz΄] n. [ME & OFr compromis < LL compromissum, a compromise, mutual promise < L compromissus, pp. of compromittere, to make a mutual promise to abide by an arbiter s decision < com , together + promittere, to PROMISE] 1. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Compromise — Com pro*mise, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Compromised}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Compromising}.] [From {Compromise}, n.; cf. {Compromit}.] 1. To bind by mutual agreement; to agree. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Laban and himself were compromised That all the eanlings… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Compromise — Com pro*mise, v. i. 1. To agree; to accord. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To make concession for conciliation and peace. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compromise — (n.) early 15c., a joint promise to abide by an arbiter s decision, from M.Fr. compromis (13c.), from L. compromissus, pp. of compromittere to make a mutual promise (to abide by an arbiter s decision), from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) +… …   Etymology dictionary

  • compromise — ► NOUN 1) an agreement reached by each side making concessions. 2) an intermediate state between conflicting opinions, reached by mutual concession. ► VERB 1) settle a dispute by mutual concession. 2) expediently accept standards that are lower… …   English terms dictionary

  • compromise — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ acceptable, fair, good, happy (esp. BrE), possible, pragmatic, reasonable, sensible, suitable ▪ …   Collocations dictionary