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compromise

 [kom´pro-mīz]
1. to make a decision by mutual consent in which neither party has all demands met but both agree that it is acceptable.
2. to take an action or place a patient in a position that endangers health and well-being.

compromise

(kŏm′prə-mīz′)
n.
1.
a. A settlement of differences in which each side makes concessions.
b. The result of such a settlement.
2. Something that combines qualities or elements of different things: The incongruous design is a compromise between high tech and early American.
3. A weakening or reduction of one's principles or standards: a compromise of morality.
4. Impairment, as by disease or injury: physiological compromise.
v. compro·mised, compro·mising, compro·mises
v.intr.
1. To arrive at a settlement by making concessions.
2. To reduce the quality, value, or degree of something, such as one's ideals.
v.tr.
1.
a. To expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute: a secret mission that was compromised and had to be abandoned.
b. To reduce in quality, value, or degree; weaken or lower: Don't compromise your standards.
2. To impair, as by disease or injury: an immune system that was compromised by a virus.
3. To settle by mutual concessions: a dispute that was compromised.

com′pro·mis′er n.

compromise

[kom′prəmīs]
Etymology: L, com, together, promittere, to promise
1 an action that may involve a change in a person's behavior, as in substituting goals or delaying satisfaction of needs in one area to reduce stress in another.
2 an illness or condition that can affect another part of the body.

compromise (käm´prəmīz´),

n an arrangement arrived at, in or out of court, for settling a disagreement on terms considered by the parties to be fair.
References in classic literature ?
No Brown compromise to-night," said East, looking at his watch.
One would think you were afraid my society would compromise you.
said Anna indifferently, as though not greatly interested in the matter, and she went on smiling: "How can you or your friends compromise anyone?
This invitation from Letheringham seemed such a wonderful opportunity for compromise.
If he once mounts the platform at Glasgow there will be no further chance of any compromise.
If awkward inquiries were made, how could be he expected to compromise himself, for the sake of a man who had declined to deal with him?
I warned you before we came, my dear sir, that there was nothing to look to but a compromise.
Compromises may be announced late on a Friday afternoon or a holiday, when some of the key people can be hard to reach and other staffers are forced to step up and take action.
Whatever the reason, all this made Angelides pure roadkill, the victim of legislative compromises that robbed him both of solid issues and of his party base.
After nearly four months of fierce debate and hard-won compromises, the members had a document to vote on.
For businesses analyzing which security investments should receive highest priority, an assessment shows the extent of existing compromises and points out other security holes.
Under the third ground, compromises are allowed to prevent economic hardship.