manner of living; way of life; lifestyle.
a temporary arrangement between persons or parties pending a settlement of matters in debate.
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How to use modus vivendi in a sentence
In fact, my whole modus vivendi is dictated by the needs of writing.Literary City: Boris Akunin, a Dissident in Moscow | Henry Krempels | April 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
By means of an accepted code of rules a kind of modus vivendi in this respect is obtained.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
Diplomats do not flourish such disagreeable truths in each other's faces; they look for a modus vivendi , and find it.The Interest of America in Sea Power, Present and Future | A. T. Mahan
They must establish some modus vivendi, and it must be founded on justice.Religion and the War | Various
Some modus vivendi between section and society will doubtless be found.
Thus, so far as any appeal to particular facts is concerned, it does not appear that there is any modus vivendi.Darwin, and After Darwin, Volume II (of 3) | George John Romanes
British Dictionary definitions for modus vivendi
a working arrangement between conflicting interests; practical compromise
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Cultural definitions for modus vivendi
A compromise between adversaries that allows them to get along temporarily: “During the separation, my parents adopted a modus vivendi that enabled them to tolerate each other.” From Latin, meaning a “method of living.”
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