- favoring, following, or characterized by an intermediate position between two extremes, especially in politics; moderate.
- of, relating to, or describing a type of popular music that avoids extremes of style and is catchy and tuneful enough to have broad appeal.
- Also called easy listening. popular music having comparatively conventional, melodic qualities and hence having broad commercial appeal.
Origin of middle-of-the-road
Related Words for middle-of-the-roadbalanced, compromising, cautious, conservative, even, impartial, indifferent, inexpensive, mild, modest, neutral, noncommittal, nonpartisan, reasonable, straight, controlled, midway, disciplined
Examples from the Web for middle-of-the-road
Contemporary Examples of middle-of-the-road
It was just something he felt he had to say to have credibility with middle-of-the-road voters.The GOP’s 20-Year War on Health Care
July 25, 2014
My two favorite tracks on the LP are the only two that successfully avoid this middle-of-the-road approach.Robin Thicke’s ‘Paula’ Is What You Shouldn’t Do When You Get Dumped
June 26, 2014
Middle-of-the-road voters just stopped buying right-wing fear-mongering.Why Republican Efforts to Block Obama Won’t Work This Time
December 16, 2012
The idea of peace based on a two-state arrangement has become a boring, middle-of-the-road stance in Israel.This Headline is About Very Important Quiet
August 13, 2012
Historical Examples of middle-of-the-road
For in 1912 Wilson had been in effect the middle-of-the-road candidate, the conservative liberal.Woodrow Wilson's Administration and Achievements
Frank B. Lord and James William Bryan
Present day chemists would acquiesce in this statement after reading Mitchill's "middle-of-the-road" arguments.Priestley in America
Edgar F. Smith
Fusion controlled the convention, voting down the "Middle-of-the-Road" group that adhered to independence.The New Nation
Frederic L. Paxson
- not extreme, esp in political views; moderate
- of, denoting, or relating to popular music having a wide general appeal