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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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.]  --Burrill. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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.  --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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Compromise  \Com"pro*mise\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  agree;  to  accord.  [Obs.] 
 
  2.  To  make  concession  for  conciliation  and  peace. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  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" 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  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. 
 
 




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