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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.
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No Brown compromise to-night," said East, looking at his watch.
He well understood that under the Restoration, a period of continual compromises between men, between things, between accomplished facts and other facts looking on the horizon, it was all-important for the ruling powers to have a household drudge.
You cannot praise him because he resisted the temptation to make any of those compromises with the world which most of us yield to.
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If you are faced with this dilemma and cannot afford to pay the Internal Revenue Service, consider submitting an Offer in Compromise.
As public officials continue to wrestle with hot-button issues ranging from abortion to gay rights to the death penalty, they may find thinner ranks of citizens supporting compromise. Those are some of the findings from a national survey by Public Agenda, New York, that compares how Americans' views of religion in public life have changed between 2000 and 2004.
The Court of Appeals has affirmed the P1.12-billion compromise agreement between the National Housing Authority (NHA) and a private developer of a project in Smokey Mountain in Tondo, Manila.
The principle behind compromise is that half a loaf is better than no loaf at all.
Compromise." And if you're there in the crowd and agree with his or her position, you may even join the applause.
This developed after the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) 'convinced' both parties to enter into a compromise agreement, pending resolution of the dispute between Zamcelco and WMPC.
In an ideal world, we would be able to find our dream home in a great location, ticking everything off our list - but for most of us, some compromise is to be expected.