- a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.
- the result of such a settlement.
- something intermediate between different things: The split-level is a compromise between a ranch house and a multistoried house.
- an endangering, especially of reputation; exposure to danger, suspicion, etc.: a compromise of one's integrity.
- to settle by a compromise.
- to expose or make vulnerable to danger, suspicion, scandal, etc.; jeopardize: a military oversight that compromised the nation's defenses.
- to bind by bargain or agreement.
- to bring to terms.
- to make a compromise or compromises: The conflicting parties agreed to compromise.
- to make a dishonorable or shameful concession: He is too honorable to compromise with his principles.
Origin of compromise
Examples from the Web for compromising
They decided to get rid of the compromising objects immediately.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
October 23, 2014
We've walked in on Jenny and Kevin in compromising sexual positions before.The MVPs of Sleaze Are Back: FXX's 'The League' Ups the Degenerate Ante
September 4, 2014
But religions and ideologies are the opposite of flexible and compromising.Liberals Need to Learn to Say No
July 10, 2014
Even if the Court does settle on a compromising solution, it may not matter much—at least for smart crooks and smart cops.Can Government Call the Shots on Cellphone Privacy?
April 30, 2014
His most recent book on Sudan is Compromising With Evil: An archival history of greater Sudan, 2007 – 2012.Preventing Genocide In South Sudan
Eric Reeves, John Prendergast
April 29, 2014
No—it's not in the least compromising for a girl to stay at the same hotel.The Incomplete Amorist
"I ain't going to kiss him," the girl said by way of compromising.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
She was compromising him; it was with her that he would have liked to make a start.
Felicite was indeed right; his family took a pleasure in compromising him.
Melanie was too astute to indulge in any compromising whims.
- settlement of a dispute by concessions on both or all sides
- the terms of such a settlement
- something midway between two or more different things
- an exposure of one's good name, reputation, etc, to injury
- to settle (a dispute) by making concessions
- (tr) to expose (a person or persons) to disrepute
- (tr) to prejudice unfavourably; weakenhis behaviour compromised his chances
- (tr) obsolete to pledge mutually
Word Origin and History for compromising
early 15c., "a joint promise to abide by an arbiter's decision," from Middle French compromis (13c.), from Latin compromissus, past participle of compromittere "to make a mutual promise" (to abide by the arbiter's decision), from com- "together" (see com-) + promittere (see promise). The main modern sense of "a coming to terms" is from extension to the settlement itself (late 15c.).
mid-15c., from compromise (n.). Related: Compromised; compromising.