compromise
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒmpɹəˌmaɪz/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɑmpɹəˌmaɪz/
Noun

compromise

  1. The settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions.
    • c. 1595, William Shakespeare, King Richard the Second
      But basely yielded upon compromise / That which his noble ancestors achieved with blows.
    • All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
    • An abhorrence of concession and compromise is a never failing characteristic of religious factions.
  2. A committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender.
    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.
  3. In data security, a violation of the security system such that an unauthorized disclosure or loss of sensitive information may have occurred, or the unauthorized disclosure or loss itself.
Related terms Translations Verb

compromise (compromises, present participle compromising; past and past participle compromised)

  1. (ambitransitive) To bind by mutual agreement.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      Laban and himself were compromised / That all the eanlings which were streaked and pied / Should fall as Jacob's hire.
  2. To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound.
    • The controversy may easily be compromised.
  3. (intransitive) To find a way between extremes.
  4. 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.
  5. (transitive) To cause impairment of.
  6. (transitive) To breach (a security system).
    He tried to compromise the security in the computer by guessing the password.
Synonyms Translations
  • German: einen Kompromiss schließen, sich einigen, eine Abmachung schließen
  • Italian: pattuire
  • Spanish: comprometerse
Translations Translations
  • German: einen Kompromiss schließen, sich einigen, eine Abmachung schließen
  • Italian: pattuire
  • Spanish: comprometerse
Translations
  • Russian: скомпромети́ровать
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