noun (plural modi vivendi /ˈmōdē/ /ˈmōdī/)[usually in singular]
1An arrangement or agreement allowing conflicting parties to coexist peacefully, either indefinitely or until a final settlement is reached.
- 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.
- But the Prime Minister and the Chancellor have worked out a modus vivendi which allows for the business of government to carry on.
- 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.
1.1A way of living.
- 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.
- 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.
Latin, literally 'way of living'.
Words that rhyme with modus vivendibendy, effendi, Gassendi, trendy, Wendy
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Syllabification: mo·dus vi·ven·di
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