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[ kom-pruh-mahyz ]


  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)

, com·pro·mised, com·pro·mis·ing.
  1. to settle by a compromise.
  2. to expose or make vulnerable to danger, suspicion, scandal, etc.; jeopardize:

    a military oversight that compromised the nation's defenses.

  3. Obsolete.
    1. to bind by bargain or agreement.
    2. to bring to terms.

verb (used without object)

, com·pro·mised, com·pro·mis·ing.
  1. to make a compromise or compromises:

    The conflicting parties agreed to compromise.

  2. to make a dishonorable or shameful concession:

    He is too honorable to compromise with his principles.


/ ˈkɒmprəˌmaɪz /


  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


  1. to settle (a dispute) by making concessions
  2. tr to expose (a person or persons) to disrepute
  3. tr to prejudice unfavourably; weaken

    his behaviour compromised his chances

  4. obsolete.
    tr to pledge mutually

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Derived Forms

  • ˈcomproˌmiser, noun
  • ˈcomproˌmisingly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • compro·miser noun
  • compro·mising·ly adverb
  • com·prom·is·sa·ry [kom-, prom, -, uh, -ser-ee], adjective
  • non·compro·mising adjective
  • pro·compro·mise adjective
  • quasi-compro·mising adjective
  • quasi-compro·mising·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of compromise1

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Anglo-French compromisse, Middle French compromis, from Latin comprōmissum; equivalent to com- + promise

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Word History and Origins

Origin of compromise1

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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Example Sentences

I worry that the compromise is going to be this jumbled-together mess of a bill that does not make any sense.

She got a major vacation rental platform and the hotel workers union that had fought vacation rentals to come to a compromise.

For now, no compromise should be made on giving the second dose.

Pocket the television revenue, keep the game’s tradition going, and work to create a comprehensive All-Star Weekend experience while seeking compromises with upset players behind the scenes.

It feels a little bit like we’re making some compromises we wouldn’t have had to make if we’d waited.

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Emetophobia tends to compromise my relationships, turning me into a selfish jerk.

It's clear he doesn't like my compromise, but he seems resigned.

They then would expect the Senate to strip that amendment and compromise simply on keeping government open for 60 days.

Nobody truly loves it, but nobody ever truly loves big compromise legislation.

Clay engineered the morally indefensible Missouri Compromise.

This we took advantage of, and after several meetings in London a compromise was effected.

Montelegre writes me that Don Yonge had effected a compromise on your account with the Castros.

Absurd—they have long ago scouted the idea of so ridiculous a compromise.

President Monroe signed the Missouri Compromise expressing his approval of this bill.

His great red feet were bound up in a shoe open at the toes, a kind of compromise for a sandal.