- 1An agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions: an ability to listen to two sides in a dispute, and devise a compromise acceptable to both the secret of a happy marriage is compromiseMore example sentences
- Surely with a little flexibility on both sides, it should be possible to reach an acceptable compromise.
- This is not a compromise or agreement, it is just being mealy-mouthed.
- Trade agreements always involve painful compromises, which are difficult for politicians to swallow in a climate of hostility.
- 1.1A middle state between conflicting opinions or actions reached by mutual concession or modification: a compromise between commercial appeal and historical interestMore example sentences
- Nothing is as simple as turning on and off a light, and thus Cure and Se7en offer a bad compromise between impossible alternatives.
- They are obviously the result of a difficult compromise between conflicting landlord and tenant interests.
- The new ultra stiff chassis gives the perfect compromise between sporty dynamics and comfortable compliance.
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- 1 [no object] Settle a dispute by mutual concession: in the end we compromised and deferred the issueMore example sentences
- You may have to compromise in litigation or disputes.
- Though you can be stubborn at times, bring yourself to compromise in disputes.
- You get along well with others because you don't make undue demands and your willingness to compromise often brings the concessions you want.
- 1.1 [with object] • archaic Settle (a dispute) by mutual concession: I should compromise the matter with my fatherMore example sentences
- The first dispute was compromised in the United States as long ago as 1911.
- The matter was eventually compromised by way of negotiation culminating in the Consent Order.
- 2 [no object] Accept standards that are lower than is desirable: we were not prepared to compromise on safetyMore example sentences
- The hands-on publisher has succeeded by refusing to compromise on production standards - and paying attention to a changing Asia.
- I don't think we should compromise on those standards.
- That means we don't have to compromise on standards, and the parts are designed to work together as a unit.
- 2 [with object] Weaken (a reputation or principle) by accepting standards that are lower than is desirable: commercial pressures could compromise safetyMore example sentences
undermine, weaken, damage, harm; jeopardize, prejudice; discredit, dishonor, shame, embarrass
- To do so without challenge is to seriously compromise the integrity of The Peak.
- Rubato is used very sparingly, and forward flow is not compromised for the sake of expression.
- We must never compromise safety in our search for a solution.
- 3 [with object] Bring into disrepute or danger by indiscreet, foolish, or reckless behavior: situations in which his troops could be compromisedMore example sentences
- The danger of compromising his position of authority is one reason for not getting too close.
- Celtic's easy superiority can lead to an environment in which famous, wealthy young men become complacent and allow their behaviour to be compromised.
- Where is the president's anger that his administration has been compromised by behavior he claims to believe is unacceptable?
- 3.1Cause to become vulnerable or function less effectively: yo-yo dieting can compromise your immune system last month’s leak of source code will not compromise your IT securityMore example sentences
- Very intense training may temporarily compromise your immune system, also making you more susceptible.
- The effect of stress on the body has been well documented: It can compromise the immune system and weaken your ability to fight off illness.
- People don't get Apergillus infections unless they have severely compromised immunity.
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- But she was happy to use and bolster her own image for party advantage, and that image was of a battling, indomitable leader surrounded by weaklings, faint hearts and compromisers.
- They have ‘rethought’ the old paths, renounced the idea of a perfect Bible, and have associated with compromisers and apostates.
- No, the problem comes from a steady diet, week after week, and year after year, of images of politicians as liars, cheats, compromisers and fools.
late Middle English (denoting mutual consent to arbitration): from Old French compromis, from late Latin compromissum 'a consent to arbitration', neuter past participle of compromittere, from com- 'together' + promittere (see promise).