golden mean


noun

the perfect moderate course or position that avoids extremes; the happy medium.

Nearby words

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  2. golden horseshoe,
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  6. golden mole,
  7. golden needle mushroom,
  8. golden nematode,
  9. golden number,
  10. golden oldie

Origin of golden mean

First recorded in 1580–90

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British Dictionary definitions for golden mean

golden mean

noun

the middle course between extremes
another term for golden section
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Culture definitions for golden mean

golden mean

The desirable middle ground between any two extremes, according to the philosophy of Aristotle.

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