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Definition of Compromise


  1. A mutual agreement to refer matters in dispute to the decision of arbitrators.
  2. A settlement by arbitration or by mutual consent reached by concession on both sides; a reciprocal abatement of extreme demands or rights, resulting in an agreement.
  3. A committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender; as, a compromise of character or right.
  4. To bind by mutual agreement; to agree.
  5. To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound.
  6. To pledge by some act or declaration; to endanger the life, reputation, etc., of, by some act which can not be recalled; to expose to suspicion.
  7. To agree; to accord.
  8. To make concession for conciliation and peace.

Compromise Quotations

When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death - that is heroism.
Robert Green Ingersoll

I've been around a long time, and when I was at the top of the hill, I was very ahead of my time! Evidence of that is that my music is still current today - you know, rappers sample it all the time. So, rather than compromise my artistic integrity, I concentrated on movies.
Isaac Hayes

No party has a monopoly on wisdom. No democracy works without compromise. But when Governor Romney and his allies in Congress tell us we can somehow lower our deficit by spending trillions more on new tax breaks for the wealthy - well, you do the math. I refuse to go along with that. And as long as I'm President, I never will.
Barack Obama

Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
Janis Joplin

All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.
Mahatma Gandhi
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Compromise Translations

compromise in French is compromettent, compromettez, compromets
compromise in Italian is compromesso
compromise in Swedish is kompromiss, kompromettera
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