[ moh-duhs vi-ven-dee, -dahy ]
/ ˈmoʊ dəs vɪˈvɛn di, -daɪ /
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.
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Origin of modus vivendi
First recorded in 1875–80, modus vivendi is from Latin modus vivendī “mode of living”
Words nearby modus vivendi
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British Dictionary definitions for modus vivendi
/ (ˈməʊdəs vɪˈvɛndiː, -ˈvɛndaɪ) /
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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Cultural definitions for 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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