compromise compromise  /ˈkɑm prə ˌmaɪz/


  1. (n) a middle way between two extremes
  2. (n) an accommodation in which both sides make concessions
  3. (v) make a compromise; arrive at a compromise
  4. (v) settle by concession
  5. (v) expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute


  1. Senate Democrats prepared a compromise offer that would allow votes on some judges and showcased new tactics for confronting Republicans should filibusters be barred.
  2. The compromise proposal could determine the future of the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants.
  3. The delicate compromise is under mounting pressure from those who want to disarm completely the power of the Democratic minority to block votes on judicial nominees.


  1. Legislative panel OKs compromise budget

    Legislative panel OKs compromise budget Other significant pieces of the budget approved by the Legislature's Budget Conference Committee include loaning $500 million in revenue from the state's cap-and-trade program, which is supposed to be spent on greenhouse gas reduction, to the general budget fund. Lawmakers also agreed to a modified version of Brown's new funding formula for school ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  2. Compromise approved to save Sound Garden

    Syracuse common councilors have unanimously approved a compromise to keep the Sound Garden record shop in Syracuse open.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: YNN Syracuse

  3. Compromise is sought on wood-burning fire rings at beaches

    Air-quality regulators soften a proposed ban by allowing those outside a 700-foot buffer zone between fire pits and homes. Bowing to public pressure, air-quality regulators are floating a compromise on a proposed ban on wood-burning fire rings on beaches in Orange and Los Angeles counties.        
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times


  1. "I want to thank the Democrats and Republicans in Congress who came together around a hard-fought compromise that will save or create more than 3.5 million jobs and get our economy back on track," Obama said in a statement.
    on Feb 12, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: CNN International

  2. "My concern is that the Democrats are more interested in having this issue to demagogue for political gamesmanship than they are in simply passing the benefits extension," Voinovich said. "I came to the table with a fair compromise and the...
    on Jun 30, 2010 By: George Voinovich Source: The Associated Press

  3. "I'm more than happy to make that compromise. As my agent likes to say, 'High-class problems,'" Heigl said.
    on Mar 27, 2009 By: Katherine Heigl Source: Washington Post

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