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compromise

COMPROMISE, n. [L. To give bond to stand to an award, to promise. See Promise.]

1. A mutual promise or contract of two parties in controversy, to refer their differences to the decision of arbitrators.

2. An amicable agreement between parties in controversy, to settle their differences by mutual concessions.

3. Mutual agreement; adjustment.

[This is its usual signification.]

COMPROMISE, v.t.

1. To adjust and settle a difference by mutual agreement, with concessions of claims by the parties; to compound.

2. To agree; to accord.

3. To commit; to put to hazard; to pledge by some act or declaration.

[In this sense, see Compromit, which is generally used.]



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COMPROMISE, n. [L. To give bond to stand to an award, to promise. See Promise.]

1. A mutual promise or contract of two parties in controversy, to refer their differences to the decision of arbitrators.

2. An amicable agreement between parties in controversy, to settle their differences by mutual concessions.

3. Mutual agreement; adjustment.

[This is its usual signification.]

COMPROMISE, v.t.

1. To adjust and settle a difference by mutual agreement, with concessions of claims by the parties; to compound.

2. To agree; to accord.

3. To commit; to put to hazard; to pledge by some act or declaration.

[In this sense, see Compromit, which is generally used.]

COM'PRO-MISE, n. [s as z. L. compromissum, from compromitto, to give bond to stand to an award; con and promitto, to promise; It. compromesso; Fr. compromis; Sp. compromiso. See Promise.]

  1. A mutual promise or contract of two parties in controversy, to refer their differences to the decision of arbitrators.
  2. An amicable agreement between parties in controversy, to settle their differences by mutual concessions.
  3. Mutual agreement; adjustment. – Judge Chipman. [This is its usual signification.]

COM'PRO-MISE, v.t.

  1. To adjust and settle a difference by mutual agreement, with concessions of claims by the parties; to compound.
  2. To agree; to accord. Shak.
  3. To commit; to put to hazard; to pledge by some act or declaration. [In this sense, see Compromit, which is generally used.]

Com"pro*mise
  1. A mutual agreement to refer matters in dispute to the decision of arbitrators.

    [Obs.] Burrill.
  2. 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.

  3. To agree; to accord.

    [Obs.]
  4. 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.

  5. To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound.

    The controversy may easily be compromised.
    Fuller.

  6. To make concession for conciliation and peace.
  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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Compromise

COMPROMISE, noun [Latin To give bond to stand to an award, to promise. See Promise.]

1. A mutual promise or contract of two parties in controversy, to refer their differences to the decision of arbitrators.

2. An amicable agreement between parties in controversy, to settle their differences by mutual concessions.

3. Mutual agreement; adjustment.

[This is its usual signification.]

COMPROMISE, verb transitive

1. To adjust and settle a difference by mutual agreement, with concessions of claims by the parties; to compound.

2. To agree; to accord.

3. To commit; to put to hazard; to pledge by some act or declaration.

[In this sense, see Compromit, which is generally used.]

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