Definition of modus vivendi in English:

modus vivendi


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

    • ‘He realized early on that the idea of achieving a modus vivendi with the National Socialist dictatorship was out of the question.’
    • ‘But the Prime Minister and the Chancellor have worked out a modus vivendi which allows for the business of government to carry on.’
    • ‘Right now, the prospects for any kind of modus vivendi are grim.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you've already been living apart for four years, you may have established a modus vivendi with your spouse.’
    • ‘To some extent, this reflected a standoff or even a temporary modus vivendi between the antagonists.’
    • ‘There is the problem of finding a modus vivendi on the constitution.’
    • ‘Despite divergences in perspectives, it did not follow that an amicable modus vivendi could not be accomplished.’
    • ‘Whoever becomes mayor will first have to achieve a modus vivendi with the council.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every administration seems to reach its own modus vivendi, squaring expectations with realities between the policy and intelligence communities.’
    • ‘The two sides have to find some kind of reconciliation, some kind of modus vivendi over time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why could not a modus vivendi have been struck between Britain and Germany?’
    agreement, appointment, engagement, deal, understanding, settlement, bargain, compact, pact, contract, covenant, compromise, gentleman's agreement
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    1. 1.1A way of living.
      • ‘Serious problems arise, however, when instrumental reason dominates the institution's modus operandi and modus vivendi.’
      • ‘Your modus vivendi depends on being able to control how people talk about you, much like a politician or pop star.’
      • ‘I slip back into that modus vivendi all too easily.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To cut it smaller would go against the entire Home Depot 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.’
      practice, wont, habit, custom, characteristic, policy, procedure, convention, fashion, use, routine, rule
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Latin, literally way of living.


modus vivendi

/ˌmōdəs viˈvendī//ˌmōdəs viˈvendē/