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Definition of Compromise

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settle a disagreement by making mutual concessions
settling of a disagreement by making mutual concessions
Compromise Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. i.)
To make concession for conciliation and peace.
  
(v. i.)
To agree; to accord.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
To bind by mutual agreement; to agree.
  
(n.)
To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
A mutual agreement to refer matters in dispute to the decision of arbitrators.
  
(n.)
A committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender; as, a compromise of character or right.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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compromise
\com"pro*mise\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. compromised (?); p. pr. & vb. n. compromising.] [from compromise, n.; cf. compromit.]
1. to bind by mutual agreement; to agree. [obs.] laban and himself were compromised that all the eanlings which were streaked and pied should fall as jacob's hire.
2. to adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound. the controversy may easily be compromised.
3. 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. to pardon all who had been compromised in the late disturbances.
compromise
\com"pro*mise\, v. i. 1. to agree; to accord. [obs.]
2. to make concession for conciliation and peace.
compromise
\com"pro*mise\ (?), n. [f. compromis, fr. l. compromissum a mutual promise to abide by the decision of an arbiter, fr. compromittere to make such a promise; com- + promittere to promise. see promise.] 1. a mutual agreement to refer matters in dispute to the decision of arbitrators. [obs.]
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. but basely yielded upon compromise that which his noble ancestors achieved with blows. all government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter. an abhorrence of concession and compromise is a never failing characteristic of religious factions.
3. a committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender; as, a compromise of character or right. i was determined not to accept any fine speeches, to the compromise of that sex the belonging to which was, after all, my strongest claim and title to them.
compromise
n
1. a middle way between two extremes [syn: via media]


2. an accommodation in which both sides make concessions; "the newly elected congressmen rejected a compromise because they considered it `business as usual'" v 1: make a compromise; arrive at a compromise; "nobody will get everything he wants; we all must compromise" 2: settle by concession
3. expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute; "the nuclear secrets of the state were compromised by the spy"

The Devil's Dictionary
Compromise, (n.)

Such an adjustment of conflicting interests as gives each adversary the satisfaction of thinking he has got what he ought not to have, and is deprived of nothing except what was justly his due.
  
The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce, 1911 (About)
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a middle way between two extremes
(synonym) via media
(hypernym) cooperation
2. an accommodation in which both sides make concessions; "the newly elected congressmen rejected a compromise because they considered it `business as usual'"
(hypernym) accommodation
(hyponym) Missouri Compromise

Verb
1. make a compromise; arrive at a compromise; "nobody will get everything he wants; we all must compromise"
(hypernym) agree
(hyponym) give and take
2. settle by concession
(hypernym) settle, square off, square up, determine
(entail) agree, hold, concur, concord
3. expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute; "The nuclear secrets of the state were compromised by the spy"
(hypernym) queer, expose, scupper, endanger, peril
Compromise Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
The known or suspected exposure of clandestine personnel, installations, or other assets or of classified information or material, to an unauthorized person.
  
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Doctrine Division. ( About )
Compromise Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Telecommunication Standard Terms
1. The known or suspected exposure of clandestine personnel, installations, or other assets or of classified information or material, to an unauthorized person. [JP1] 2. The disclosure of cryptographic information to unauthorized persons. 3. The recovery of plain text of encrypted messages by unauthorized persons through cryptanalysis methods. 4. The disclosure of information or data to unauthorized persons, or a violation of the security policy of a system in which unauthorized intentional or unintentional disclosure, modification, destruction, or loss of an object may have occurred. [NIS]
Compromise Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
To compromise is to make a deal between different parties where each party gives up part of their demand. In arguments, compromise is a concept of finding through communication, through a mutual acceptance of terms—often involving variations from an original goal or desires.

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Compromise Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
An agreement between two or more persons, who, to avoid a lawsuit, amicably settle their differences, on such terms as they can agree upon.

It will be proper to consider; 1. by whom the compromise must be made; 2. its form; 3. the subject of the compromise; 4. its effects.

It must be made by a person having a right and capacity to enter into the contract and carry out his part of it, or by one having lawful authority from such person.

The compromise may be by parol or in writing, and the writing may be under seal or not: though as a general rule a partner cannot bind his copartner by deed, unless expressly authorized, yet it would seem that a compromise with the principal is an act which a partner may do in behalf of his copartners and that, though under seal, it would conclude the firm.

The compromise may relate to a civil claim, either as a matter of contract or for a tort, but it must be of something uncertain; for if the debt be certain and undisputed, a payment of a part will not, of itself, discharge the whole. A claim connected with a criminal charge cannot be compromised.

The compromise puts an end to the suit, if it be proceeding, and bars any suit which may afterwards be instituted. It has the effect of res judicata.

In the civil law, a compromise is an agreement between two or more persons who, wishing to settle their disputes, refer the matter in controversy to arbitrators, who are so called because those who choose them give them full powers to arbitrate and decide what shall appear just and reasonable, to put an end to the differences of which they are made the judges.
   

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Compromise Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
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