- compromise [käm′prə mīz΄]n.[ME & OFr compromis < LL compromissum, a compromise, mutual promise < L compromissus, pp. of compromittere, to make a mutual promise to abide by an arbiter's decision < com-, together + promittere, to PROMISE]1. a settlement in which each side gives up some demands or makes concessions2.a) an adjustment of opposing principles, systems, etc. by modifying some aspects of eachb) the result of such an adjustment3. something midway between two other things in quality, effect, etc.4.a) exposure, as of one's reputation, to danger, suspicion, or disreputeb) a weakening, as of one's principlesvt.compromised, compromising1. to settle or adjust by concessions on both sides2. to lay open to danger, suspicion, or disrepute3. to weaken or give up (one's principles, ideals, etc.) as for reasons of expediency4. Med. to weaken or otherwise impair [drugs that compromised his immune system]vi.to make a compromise or compromisescompromisern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.