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.
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- Rhymes: -aɪz
- (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒmpɹəˌmaɪz/, X-SAMPA: /"kQmpr@%maIz/
- (GenAm) IPA: /ˈkɑmpɹəˌmaɪz/, X-SAMPA: /"kAmpr@%maIz/
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compromise (plural compromises)
- The settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions.
- A committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender; as, a compromise of character or right.
Related terms 
- compromise in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- compromise in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- (intransitive) To bind by mutual agreement.
- (intransitive) To find a way between extremes.
- (transitive) To cause impairment of.
- (transitive) To breach a security system.
- He tried to compromise the security in the computer by guessing the password.
Derived terms 
- compromising (adjective)
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