- unable to function optimally, especially with regard to immune response, owing to underlying disease, harmful environmental exposure, or the side effects of a course of treatment.
Origin of compromised
- 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 compromised
There are parts of the film where “the science had to be compromised in order to make a great movie,” Thorne says.Meet Kip Thorne, the Man Who Crafted the Artful Science of ‘Interstellar’
November 14, 2014
The writer has followed a rule but compromised clarity; whether the vote or the approval was immediate is ambiguous.Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With
November 3, 2014
Four days later, 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers were compromised and leaked online by a hacker.‘The Snappening’ Is Real: 90,000 Private Photos and 9,000 Hacked Snapchat Videos Leak Online
October 13, 2014
Is it just a matter of time before an operation is compromised?Could Social Media Blow Special Operations Like the Failed Foley Rescue?
August 23, 2014
The researchers even recommended that people with compromised immune systems boil their Brita water.Are Water Filters B.S.?
August 19, 2014
Mortimer compromised by admitting that he had probably forgotten it.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"Oh, if you're willing to shoulder the blame," compromised Chip, much relieved.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
The Irishman was sent for, and I compromised with him on the spot.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
She compromised for an annuity of two hundred pounds, to be continued to her child.The Incomplete Amorist
The Toussaints didn't want to be compromised in any such business.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- 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 compromised
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.