synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of compromise in English

English Online Dictionary. What means compromise‎? What does compromise mean?



From Middle French compromis, from Medieval Latin, Late Latin compromissum (a compromise, originally a mutual promise to refer to arbitration), prop. neuter of Latin compromissus, past participle of compromittere (to make a mutual promise to abide by the decision of an arbiter), from com- (together) + promittere (to promise); see promise.


  • Rhymes: -aɪz
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɒmpɹəˌmaɪz/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɑmpɹəˌmaɪz/


compromise (countable and uncountable, plural compromises)

  1. The settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions.
    • 1775, Edmund Burke, Conciliation with America
      All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
  2. A committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender.
  3. (computer security) A breach of a computer or network's rules such that an unauthorized disclosure or loss of sensitive information may have occurred, or the unauthorized disclosure or loss itself.

Related terms

  • promise


Further reading

  • “compromise”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
  • “compromise”, in The Century Dictionary [], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.


compromise (third-person singular simple present compromises, present participle compromising, simple past and past participle compromised)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To bind by mutual agreement.
  2. To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound.
    Synonym: split the difference
  3. (intransitive) To find a way between extremes.
  4. 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.
  5. (transitive) To cause impairment of.
  6. (transitive) To breach (a security system).

Derived terms

  • anticompromise
  • compromisable
  • compromisation
  • compromise rules
  • compromiser
  • compromising (adjective)


Further reading

  • Compromise in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)


  • micropoems




  1. third-person singular past historic of compromettere

share is an Free English Dictionary containing information about the meaning, synonyms, antonyms, definitions, translations, etymology and more.

Related Words


Browse the English Dictionary

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z


This article based on an article on Wiktionary. The list of authors can be seen in the page history there. The original work has been modified. This article is distributed under the terms of this license.