- 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
Related Words for compromisepact, accord, adjustment, deal, bargain, understanding, arrangement, concession, settlement, accommodation, agree, negotiate, mar, ruin, jeopardize, imperil, prejudice, endanger, embarrass, weaken
Examples from the Web for compromise
Contemporary Examples of compromise
Emetophobia tends to compromise my relationships, turning me into a selfish jerk.Why My Norovirus Panic Makes Me Sick
January 5, 2015
It's clear he doesn't like my compromise, but he seems resigned.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
They then would expect the Senate to strip that amendment and compromise simply on keeping government open for 60 days.Bachmann and Pelosi vs. Boehner and Obama Over Spending Bill
December 11, 2014
The politics on both sides in South Asia leave little room for compromise or dialogue.ICYMI: India-Pakistan Head for Nuke War
October 20, 2014
But having reached something of a compromise, the IRS approved the school as a tax-exempt nonprofit in March 2002.At This Creepy Libertarian Charter School, Kids Must Swear ‘to Be Obedient to Those in Authority’
October 15, 2014
Historical Examples of compromise
And these will be our first priorities, and on these principles, there will be no compromise.
The shifty, ungenerous spirit of compromise awoke in Raymount.Weighed and Wanting
He was trying to solve his problem and Tillie's, and what he had found was no solution, but a compromise.
When she found him determined, she made the compromise that her condition necessitated.
So Jason with much ado was brought to agree to a compromise.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- 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 for compromise
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.