Definition of modus vivendi in English:

modus vivendi

noun

  • 1usually in singular An arrangement or agreement allowing conflicting parties to coexist peacefully, either indefinitely or until a final settlement is reached.

    ‘the two states have with difficulty reached a modus vivendi, though hardly friendship’
    • ‘To some extent, this reflected a standoff or even a temporary modus vivendi between the antagonists.’
    • ‘Right now, the prospects for any kind of modus vivendi are grim.’
    • ‘Events led to the use of force; but in a sense it was used only to provide the basic conditions for a return to the first alternative, the patient and peaceful development of a modus vivendi.’
    • ‘Why could not a modus vivendi have been struck between Britain and Germany?’
    • ‘The two sides have to find some kind of reconciliation, some kind of modus vivendi over time.’
    • ‘Whoever becomes mayor will first have to achieve a modus vivendi with the council.’
    • ‘Despite divergences in perspectives, it did not follow that an amicable modus vivendi could not be accomplished.’
    • ‘There is the problem of finding a modus vivendi on the constitution.’
    • ‘The modus vivendi that was reached did not allay the popes' fears of the territorial expansion of the kingdom that might take over Rome itself.’
    • ‘African culture has had to negotiate a contemporary modus vivendi between writing in French, its own traditional oral forms and the facts of post-colonial cultural life.’
    • ‘If a couple has worked out a modus vivendi vis-à-vis their own bank accounts, suddenly having to consider the needs of a third person can be tricky.’
    • ‘Every administration seems to reach its own modus vivendi, squaring expectations with realities between the policy and intelligence communities.’
    • ‘But the Prime Minister and the Chancellor have worked out a modus vivendi which allows for the business of government to carry on.’
    • ‘A genuine commitment to public reason and the political values it entails is required to get beyond a mere modus vivendi that lasts only so long as each of the parties gets what it wants.’
    • ‘If you've already been living apart for four years, you may have established a modus vivendi with your spouse.’
    • ‘He realized early on that the idea of achieving a modus vivendi with the National Socialist dictatorship was out of the question.’
    agreement, appointment, engagement, deal, understanding, settlement, bargain, compact, pact, contract, covenant, compromise, gentleman's agreement
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    1. 1.1 A way of living.
      ‘the Christian faith and its implications for a modus vivendi’
      • ‘Add to that a healthy dose of optimism, and her modus vivendi starts to jibe with current findings about lifestyle choices and sustained vitality.’
      • ‘Your modus vivendi depends on being able to control how people talk about you, much like a politician or pop star.’
      • ‘The Church hierarchy had for centuries flourished by maintaining close, mutually beneficial relations with the civil authorities, and its own modus vivendi presupposed such ties.’
      • ‘I slip back into that modus vivendi all too easily.’
      • ‘To cut it smaller would go against the entire Home Depot modus vivendi.’
      • ‘Serious problems arise, however, when instrumental reason dominates the institution's modus operandi and modus vivendi.’
      • ‘I've written here before about people who believe that skepticism is not only an obligation - which it is - but a modus vivendi, the only possible option for a Thinking Person.’
      practice, wont, habit, custom, characteristic, policy, procedure, convention, fashion, use, routine, rule
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Origin

Latin, literally ‘way of living’.

Pronunciation

modus vivendi

/ˌməʊdəs vɪˈvɛndʌɪ//ˌməʊdəs vɪˈvɛndiː/