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)
- 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.
- A committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender.
- (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.
- “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)
- (transitive, intransitive) To bind by mutual agreement.
- To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound.
- Synonym: split the difference
- (intransitive) To find a way between extremes.
- 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.
- (transitive) To cause impairment of.
- (transitive) To breach (a security system).
- compromise rules
- compromising (adjective)
- Compromise in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)
- third-person singular past historic of compromettere