(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Settlement of differences by mutual concession
1. compromise; mediation, arbitration, negotiation, give-and-take, bargaining.
2. settlement, concession, appeasement, compensation; terms, bargain, understanding; middle ground, midcourse. Informal, deal, horsetrading. See pacification.
3. (one arranging compromise) arbitrator, mediator, middleman, negotiator.
1. compromise, take the mean, split the difference, strike a balance or a happy medium; meet one or go halfway, go fifty-fifty, give and take; come to terms, settle out of court; submit to arbitration; patch up, bridge over, arrange; adjust differences; agree; make the best of, make a virtue of necessity; take the will for the deed; bend over backward.
2. (arrange a compromise) mediate, arbitrate, intercede; negotiate, bargain; reconcile, iron out; plea-bargain.
Adjectives — conciliatory, diplomatic, give-and-take; mediatory, mediating, intermediary, intercessory.
Phrases — you can't win them all; half a loaf is better than none; make sure you leave some fat for the other side.
Quotations — A compromise in the sense that being bitten in half by a shark is a compromise with being swallowed whole (P. J. O'Rourke), An agreement between two men to do what both agree is wrong (Lord Cecil), He never wants but what's right and fair; only when you come to settle what's right and fair, it's everything that he wants and nothing that you want. And that's his idea of a compromise (Thomas Hughes).
Antonyms, see obstinacy, resolution.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The act of compromising]
Syn. give-and-take, bargaining, granting concessions, accommodation; see agreement 1 .
2. [An action involving compromise, sense 1]
Syn. settlement, bargain, understanding, trade-off; see agreement 3 .
1. [To make concessions]
Syn. settle, conciliate, find a middle ground; see agree , arbitrate , negotiate 1 , yield 1 .
2. [To lay open to suspicion or danger]
Syn. jeopardize, hazard, imperil, discredit; see endanger .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
concession, *give-and-take, agreement, conciliation, deal, *happy medium, trade-off, *middle ground, balance, accommodation, golden mean. ''Simply changing the question to fit the answer.''— Merrit Malloy.
1. give and take strike a deal, trade off, bargain, find the middle ground, strike a balance, accommodate, find a happy medium, make concessions, agree, *give your shirt but keep your pants, *split the difference.
2. endanger jeopardize, imperil, expose, implicate, discredit.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun A settlement of differences through mutual concession: accommodation, arrangement, give-and-take, medium, settlement. Law: composition. See AGREE. II verb 1. To make a concession: concede. Idioms: give and take, go fifty-fifty, meet someone halfway. See AGREE. 2. To expose to possible loss or damage: adventure, hazard, risk, venture. See SAFETY.

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