Definition of compromise in English:

compromise

noun

  • 1An agreement or settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions.

    ‘eventually they reached a compromise’
    mass noun ‘the secret of a happy marriage is compromise’
    • ‘The center-piece agreement was a compromise to allow competition in supplies of gas and electricity to businesses from 2004.’
    • ‘Can the police let off a person involved in a shooting incident, even if the two sides have reached a compromise and the victim claims that the gun went off accidentally?’
    • ‘Political compromises have been agreed on all sides.’
    • ‘The workable compromise between these extremes involves balancing competing goals.’
    • ‘He said that it appeared likelier that the two sides would reach a compromise on the unresolved matters.’
    • ‘Mrs Maguire said the two sides must reach a compromise.’
    • ‘It is anticipated that the two sides will reach a compromise and agree a four-year phase-out for Shannon.’
    • ‘The two sides struck a compromise on the issue of compensation.’
    • ‘Surely with a little flexibility on both sides, it should be possible to reach an acceptable compromise.’
    • ‘The media industry relies on thousands of people to make the compromises necessary to maintain its course.’
    • ‘At the center of the dispute is a compromise reached Tuesday to put aside the party asset bill in exchange for opposition support for a makeshift finance measure.’
    • ‘Permitting liability, but making it dependent on the employer's ability to control the behavior strikes a reasonable compromise.’
    • ‘Leavers says the ban doesn't have to be permanent - as long as a reasonable compromise is reached.’
    • ‘So the struggle to find workable compromises gets harder.’
    • ‘This is not a compromise or agreement, it is just being mealy-mouthed.’
    • ‘In this way he believed it would be possible to reach good compromises even when each side was not getting its own way.’
    • ‘Trade agreements always involve painful compromises, which are difficult for politicians to swallow in a climate of hostility.’
    • ‘Needless to say, the rift could deal a serious blow to the nation's economy unless both sides reach a compromise as early as possible.’
    • ‘Since in due course it took from February until July to reach an acceptable compromise, it is difficult to follow how the submission of a detailed scheme in November would have produced such a miraculous result.’
    • ‘Sometimes he could be tough on people, but after they softened, he negotiated reasonable compromises.’
    agreement, understanding, settlement, terms, accommodation
    give and take, concession, cooperation
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    1. 1.1 An intermediate state between conflicting alternatives reached by mutual concession.
      ‘a compromise between the freedom of the individual and the need to ensure orderly government’
      • ‘The free nursing care plan is a compromise between the state providing completely free care and the existing means-tested arrangement.’
      • ‘It was a compromise between battery-caged and free-range hens.’
      • ‘It is acknowledged, that in the end, in Web page design, decisions can come down to a compromise between the aesthetics and search engine visibility.’
      • ‘There are far too many compromises, conflicts and concessions in the AFL and now's as good a time as any to make a stand.’
      • ‘They are obviously the result of a difficult compromise between conflicting landlord and tenant interests.’
      • ‘Every one is a perfect compromise between the real-sounding but forgettable and the memorable but ridiculous.’
      • ‘Nothing is as simple as turning on and off a light, and thus Cure and Se7en offer a bad compromise between impossible alternatives.’
      • ‘Now campaigners claim the Bill - once seen as a compromise between a ban and the statutory licensing of hunting - is being changed to make hunting on horseback virtually impossible.’
      • ‘The handling, for a mid-range hatch, is superb, with an excellent compromise between handling and comfort.’
      • ‘The air is warm, slightly sweaty, as the compromise between being well dressed and being comfortable starts to tell on those waiting for tables to clear inside.’
      • ‘However, the new Assembly bill is a compromise between these two extremes and offers an opportunity for real progress.’
      • ‘We propose an alternative measure of tax incidence that provides a practical compromise between the use of annual income and of lifetime income.’
      • ‘My proposal is a compromise between these two extremes.’
      • ‘The abilities of the Lotus engineers to come up with a good compromise between ride comfort and handling remains unparalleled.’
      • ‘The emergent dream, like a neurotic symptom, is a compromise between censorship and direct expression.’
      • ‘All-round, the dynamic package is a fine compromise between the many potential conditions that a 4x4 vehicle might have to endure.’
      • ‘Polly Vernon measures out her relationships in three-minute songbites and asks if there's a compromise between resolutely Rock and completely, madly Pop’
      • ‘The new ultra stiff chassis gives the perfect compromise between sporty dynamics and comfortable compliance.’
      • ‘Murphy holds that the American republic is founded on a compromise between resistance to authority and civic rituals of justice.’
      • ‘It's a compromise between two logically irreconcilable positions.’
  • 2mass noun The expedient acceptance of standards that are lower than is desirable.

    ‘sexism should be tackled without compromise’

verb

  • 1no object Settle a dispute by mutual concession.

    ‘in the end we compromised and deferred the issue’
    • ‘Though you can be stubborn at times, bring yourself to compromise in disputes.’
    • ‘Rickover's limited ability to compromise gave him a strong need to sacrifice one thing for another.’
    • ‘You may have to compromise in litigation or disputes.’
    • ‘Rickover was far too rigid to compromise with industry - or anyone for that matter.’
    • ‘But, in fact, they have been able to compromise on several issues.’
    • ‘You get along well with others because you don't make undue demands and your willingness to compromise often brings the concessions you want.’
    • ‘The president urged the parties to compromise for the sake of stability.’
    • ‘After the Boston Tea Party in 1774, however, his willingness to compromise vanished.’
    meet each other halfway, find the middle ground, come to terms, come to an understanding, make a deal, make concessions, find a happy medium, strike a balance
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  • 2no object Expediently accept standards that are lower than is desirable.

    ‘we were not prepared to compromise on safety’
    • ‘We cannot accept peace if we are to compromise on our sovereignty, on our freedom.’
    • ‘The style is pedestrian but reader friendly without compromising on the quality of the prose.’
    • ‘The question was how far a director should compromise in order to tell a story.’
    • ‘I knew precisely what I was looking for and had just about reached the stage where I was about to compromise and settle for something I wasn't all that keen on.’
    • ‘Australian mistresses therefore were generally required to compromise on what they imagined to be superior English standards of domestic service.’
    • ‘The hands-on publisher has succeeded by refusing to compromise on production standards - and paying attention to a changing Asia.’
    • ‘So, you can shop around for lower prices without compromising on quality.’
    • ‘And that's why we can't compromise on abortion rights.’
    • ‘I don't think we should compromise on those standards.’
    • ‘He may need to compromise in order to get the merry-go-round spinning.’
    • ‘But basically the books all give the same depressing advice: compromise, settle, tone yourself down, and do it sooner rather than later.’
    • ‘Under this standard, moreover, those who might have been willing to compromise don't have to.’
    • ‘‘Safety and delivery of service standards is something we cannot compromise on,’ he said.’
    • ‘His sharp lyrics and refusal to compromise combined with an easy humor and winning personality to make him one of the great protest singers.’
    • ‘Even in this year, films that refuse to compromise have been made.’
    • ‘Highly trained and experienced brewers who refuse to compromise make Victory's beers some of the boldest, cleanest ones around.’
    • ‘He is willing to compromise on demographic diversity in order to avoid compromising on ideological diversity.’
    • ‘Lots of CEOs would love to curb those costs without compromising on quality.’
    • ‘We simply cannot compromise on policy anymore.’
    • ‘That means we don't have to compromise on standards, and the parts are designed to work together as a unit.’
    change one's mind, give way, give in, yield, acquiesce, adapt, retract, do a u-turn, eat one's words
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    1. 2.1with object Weaken or harm by accepting standards that are lower than is desirable.
      ‘he won't accept any decisions which compromise his principles’
      • ‘This latest round of cultural subversion fatally compromised Wall Street's ability to hold its own against New Deal reformers.’
      • ‘You have accomplished visual changes without compromising the editorial content.’
      • ‘I will, however, question the assumption that this concession compromises the realist agenda.’
      • ‘Second, there is growing evidence that financial conflicts of interest are compromising the integrity of the clinical research enterprise.’
      • ‘Their season must have been compromised by the fact that twice they will have three weeks between games.’
      • ‘The deal that the company has done with the unions will compromise to some extent its ability to reduce staffing.’
      • ‘To do so without challenge is to seriously compromise the integrity of The Peak.’
      • ‘He doesn't think that argument is compromised by the fact that premiums account for only 13 per cent of the cost of health care, with the rest coming out of general revenue.’
      • ‘I know I've already compromised my ability to reach the height of my career.’
      • ‘Marcus represents important ideas in a fluid and entertaining style, without compromising scientific content.’
      • ‘In the new market economy, how do colleges and universities compete for scarce resources from public and private sectors without compromising their integrity and autonomy?’
      • ‘Rubato is used very sparingly, and forward flow is not compromised for the sake of expression.’
      • ‘Is there any area on their agenda that has been compromised by the lack of funds?’
      • ‘They also compromise routing performance by dedicating CPU cycles to aggregation chores.’
      • ‘A rash of other private initiatives will compromise government control of space programs in the near future.’
      • ‘This makes it an excellent choice for developing cross-platform games without compromising performance.’
      • ‘They relinquished government rather than compromise their principles of arbitration in workplace relations.’
      • ‘We must never compromise safety in our search for a solution.’
      • ‘If you include advertising, separate it from the informational content to avoid compromising your objectivity.’
      • ‘This only serves to compromise racing success.’
      undermine, weaken, be detrimental to, damage, injure, harm, do harm to
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  • 3with object Bring into disrepute or danger by indiscreet, foolish, or reckless behaviour.

    ‘situations in which his troops could be compromised’
    • ‘Where is the president's anger that his administration has been compromised by behavior he claims to believe is unacceptable?’
    • ‘Young girls were considered unfit for matchmaking because of the danger that they might be compromised.’
    • ‘The danger of compromising his position of authority is one reason for not getting too close.’
    • ‘On the one hand, such behavior can compromise an issue in the short term, for sure.’
    • ‘And he wouldn't support it if it compromised our war fighters.’
    • ‘It is far more likely that this was a pattern of behavior in a man who had compromised himself many times before.’
    • ‘But effectively their behavior is treasonist, in the sense that it has compromised the lives of a lot of other Americans and our cause there.’
    • ‘Celtic's easy superiority can lead to an environment in which famous, wealthy young men become complacent and allow their behaviour to be compromised.’
    1. 3.1 Cause to become vulnerable or function less effectively.
      ‘yo-yo dieting can compromise your immune system’
      ‘last month's leak of source code will not compromise your IT security’
      • ‘It found that 83 per cent of the financial services operators surveyed had had their IT systems compromised in some way within the last year.’
      • ‘For example, in earlier studies, sleep disturbances have been associated with a compromised immune system.’
      • ‘A compromised immune system leaves the door wide open for disease.’
      • ‘Obviously, for those who are HIV + and have compromised immune systems, the risks surrounding hepatitis infection are considerably more serious.’
      • ‘His liver functions became compromised and he suffered from headaches, lack of sex drive, and heart palpitations.’
      • ‘Once this web server has been compromised, the hacking gang uploads a piece of code to the web server.’
      • ‘Very intense training may temporarily compromise your immune system, also making you more susceptible.’
      • ‘For example, people with compromised immune systems probably should avoid Enterococcus bacteria, some species of which are associated with nosocomial, or hospital-acquired, infections.’
      • ‘On the flip side, what many wireless users don't realize is that going wireless can compromise their network's security.’
      • ‘Medical exemptions for vaccinations can compromise group immunity and pose a threat to children and others who really should not be immunized due to underlying health conditions.’
      • ‘The effect of stress on the body has been well documented: It can compromise the immune system and weaken your ability to fight off illness.’
      • ‘Computer users perform common tasks every day that can compromise the security of their computers and networks.’
      • ‘An attacker can compromise a user's system by getting the user to read an HTML e-mail message or visit a Web site.’
      • ‘You should always check your application coding, because even a well-configured firewall and a patched server can still be compromised.’
      • ‘Smoking, alcohol abuse and drug use can compromise your health, not to mention your life.’
      • ‘The company is the latest firm to reveal that their users' passwords were compromised.’
      • ‘Exercise combats the inertia that is driving your daughter to eat and is in danger of compromising her physical health.’
      • ‘People don't get Apergillus infections unless they have severely compromised immunity.’
      damage, harm, diminish, reduce, weaken, lessen, decrease, blunt, impede, hinder, mar, spoil, disable
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Origin

Late Middle English (denoting mutual consent to arbitration): from Old French compromis, from late Latin compromissum ‘a consent to arbitration’, neuter past participle of compromittere, from com- ‘together’ + promittere (see promise).

Pronunciation

compromise

/ˈkɒmprəmʌɪz/