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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 of compromise
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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  • She heard the stairs creak, and wondered if anyone else were awake in the house, and would notice the compromising sound.

  • Somebody did catch you, then, in compromising attitudes—you admit that?

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
  • Here the Cardinal managed to bring the Duke at the very moment of the compromising visit.

    Romance of Roman Villas Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
  • He was compromising her friend, and for Margaret's sake she must not hold her peace.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • At last he declared with a serious air that her visits were becoming imprudent—that she was compromising herself.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
British Dictionary definitions for compromising

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 compromising

compromise

n.

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.).

v.

mid-15c., from compromise (n.). Related: Compromised; compromising.

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