com·pro·mise

com·pro·mise

[kom-pruh-mahyz]
noun, verb, -mised, -mis·ing.
1. a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; anagreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposingclaims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification ofdemands.
2. the result of such a settlement.
3. something intermediate between different things: The split-level is a compromise between a ranch house and amultistoried house.
4. an endangering, especially of reputation; exposure todanger, suspicion, etc.: a compromise of one’s integrity.
Origin: 
1400–50; late Middle English  < Anglo-French compromisse, MiddleFrench compromis  < Latin comprōmissum. See com-promise

—Related forms

com·pro·mis·er, noun
com·pro·mis·ing·ly, adverb
com·prom·is·sa·ry  [kom-prom-uh-ser-ee]  adjective
non·com·pro·mis·ing, adjective
pro·com·pro·mise, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2011.

Compromise

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