Compromise

Definition of Compromise

Com´pro`mise
n.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.
But basely yielded upon compromise
That which his noble ancestors achieved with blows.
- Shak.
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
- Burke.
An abhorrence of concession and compromise is a never failing characteristic of religious factions.
- Hallam.
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.
- Lamb.
v. t.1.To bind by mutual agreement; to agree.
[imp. & p. p. Compromised ; p. pr. & vb. n. Compromising.]
Laban and himself were compromised
That all the eanlings which were streaked and pied
Should fall as Jacob's hire.
- Shak.
2.To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound.
The controversy may easily be compromised.
- Fuller.
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.
- Motley.
v. i.1.To agree; to accord.
2.To make concession for conciliation and peace.

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