temporize [tem′pə rīz΄]
temporized, temporizing [Fr temporiser < ML temporizare < L tempus, time: see TEMPER]
1. to suit one's actions to the time, occasion, or circumstances, without reference to principle
a) to give temporary compliance or agreement, evade immediate decision, etc., so as to gain time or avoid argument
b) to parley or deal (with a person, etc.) so as to gain time
3. to effect a compromise (with a person, etc., or between persons or parties); negotiate

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