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Compromise


COMPROMISE, noun [Latin To give bond to stand to an award, to promise. See Promise.]

1. A mutual promise or contract of two parties in controversy, to refer their differences to the decision of arbitrators.

2. An amicable agreement between parties in controversy, to settle their differences by mutual concessions.

3. Mutual agreement; adjustment.

[This is its usual signification.]

COMPROMISE, verb transitive

1. To adjust and settle a difference by mutual agreement, with concessions of claims by the parties; to compound.

2. To agree; to accord.

3. To commit; to put to hazard; to pledge by some act or declaration.

[In this sense, see Compromit, which is generally used.]