Definition of modus vivendi in English:

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modus vivendi

Pronunciation: /ˌmōdəs viˈvendē/ Pronunciation: /ˌmōdəs viˈvendī/

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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 vivendi

bendy, effendi, Gassendi, trendy, Wendy

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Syllabification: mo·dus vi·ven·di

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