modus vivendi

[moh-duh s vi-ven-dee, -dahy]

noun, plural mo·di vi·ven·di [moh-dee vi-ven-dee, moh-dahy vi-ven-dahy] /ˈmoʊ di vɪˈvɛn di, ˈmoʊ daɪ vɪˈvɛn daɪ/.

manner of living; way of life; lifestyle.
a temporary arrangement between persons or parties pending a settlement of matters in debate.


Origin of modus vivendi

First recorded in 1875–80, modus vivendi is from the Latin word modus vivendī mode of living Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for modus vivendi

modus vivendi

noun plural modi vivendi (ˈməʊdiː vɪˈvɛndiː, ˈməʊdaɪ vɪˈvɛndaɪ)

a working arrangement between conflicting interests; practical compromise

Word Origin for modus vivendi

C19: from Latin: way of living
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Word Origin and History for modus vivendi

1879, Latin, literally "way of living or getting along" (see modus).

Modus vivendi is any temporary compromise that enables parties to carry on pending settlement of a dispute that would otherwise paralyse their activities. [Fowler]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for modus vivendi

modus vivendi

[(moh-duhs vi-ven-dee, vi-ven-deye)]

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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