What is the definition of compromise

Examples of compromise in a Sentence

"You can't always come up with the optimal solution, but you can usually come up with a better solution," he [Barack Obama] said over lunch one afternoon. "A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence."— William Finnegan, New Yorker, 31 May 2004I therefore proposed a … strategy that raised the possibility of compromise …— Robert S. McNamara, In Retrospect, 1995I've had other films that were successful, but I'm aware of the compromises I made—and they were tremendous.— Woody Allen, Rolling Stone, 16 Sept. 1993In his promotion of burgeoning black writers, however, Hughes made no compromises.— Rita Dove, New York Times Book Review, 9 Oct. 1988 the art of political compromise To avoid an argument, always be ready to seek compromise. a director who will not tolerate artistic compromise She says that accepting their proposal would be a compromise of her principles. You don't make deals that compromise yourself or your team, of course, but you help other riders if you can, so they might return the favor.— Lance Armstrong, It's Not About the Bike, (2000) 2001The book is compromised by the author's lack of selectivity.— Amy Hempel, Ms., October/November 1999Our plan had been to pass a good balanced budget without compromising its essential components …— Tony Blankley, George, September 1997Lieutenant Charon would get a pat on the back from his captain … not to mention congratulations for running such a quiet and effective operation that had not compromised his informants …— Tom Clancy, Without Remorse, 1994Finally, the two sides compromised and a treaty was signed …— Alfredo Quarto, Cultural Survival Quarterly, 1990 The two sides were unwilling to compromise. We can't reveal that information without compromising national security. a dangerous drug that can further compromise an already weakened immune system

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An eight-member court considered that objection in 2016 in Zubik v. Burwell but was unable to reach a definitive ruling and instead returned the case to the lower courts, instructing them to consider whether a compromise could be reached. — Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Supreme Court to Consider Limits on Contraception Coverage," 17 Jan. 2020 The action was largely seen as a compromise among officials who wanted to address teen vaping and those concerned about the impact on small businesses, such as vaping shops, and the potential political fallout. — Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "CDC Steps Back From Broad Recommendation to Refrain From E-Cigarettes," 17 Jan. 2020 But such transparency can also prevent lawmakers from hashing out important compromises on legislation during public hearings, Beck continued. — Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "At long last, all Ohio legislative committee meetings will be publicly broadcast," 15 Jan. 2020 The president's impeachment has fanned the political flames even more, especially in Congress where a body once capable of hammering out compromise on immigration, gun control and other thorny issues is paralyzed by partisanship. — Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Here's how partisan wrath over Trump's impeachment changed the future of 2 lawmakers," 11 Jan. 2020 Those compromises are not the activities of a radical GOP Congress hell-bent on blocking bipartisan legislation and denying a Democratic president any victories. — Brian Riedl, National Review, "Senate Republicans Are Not ‘Obstructionist’," 9 Jan. 2020 But certain compromises have to be made, obviously, with the blocking of shots to keep the illusion going. — Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "It's easier to admire Sam Mendes' film '1917' than to fully feel it. Here's why," 8 Jan. 2020 Congress still must reauthorize a number of public health programs in 2020, potentially giving Democrats and Republicans a final chance at a compromise in a year sure to be dominated by partisan broadsides. — Nicholas Florko, STAT, "2019 was supposed to be the year Washington lowered drug prices. What happened?," 20 Dec. 2019 The compromise bill would forestall a government shutdown this weekend. — Arkansas Online, "Big spending bill nearing Senate OK has victories all around," 19 Dec. 2019 That practice potentially compromised dozens of investigations. — Katelyn Ferral, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Attorney General will review, may reopen botched Wisconsin National Guard sex assault investigations," 20 Jan. 2020 The palace could not allow the monarchy’s political neutrality to be compromised in any way. — David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Realistic is Financial Independence for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?," 11 Jan. 2020 For example, drying acids can dehydrate compromised skin and cause infection-prone cracks, and certain antioxidants may inhibit the effects of particular cancer-cell-killing drugs. — Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "Niche Skincare for Your Niche Skin Needs," 9 Jan. 2020 How election security can be compromised: There are myriad ways for evildoers to undermine the integrity of the U.S. election system. — Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "The biggest threat to U.S. election security may not be what you think," 9 Jan. 2020 Because other recipients of organs from the same donor did not test positive for the virus, researchers think the transplant recipients that died from the virus probably acquired it from being immune-compromised, not from the donor. — Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Virus Spread by Shrews Linked to Human Deaths from Mysterious Brain Infections," 8 Jan. 2020 The search for Red Team weapons of mass destruction was also compromised. — Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Lost a (Fictional) War With Iran 18 Years Ago," 3 Jan. 2020 In 2017, dozens of parliamentary email accounts in the UK were compromised by a cyberattack linked to Iran. — Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Iran may retaliate with cyberattacks for Soleimani’s death," 3 Jan. 2020 Other messages mentioned the Chuckling Squad, a hacker group that compromised the Twitter account of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in August. — Sharareh Drury, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mariah Carey's Twitter Hacked, Series of Eminem-Directed Tweets Posted," 1 Jan. 2020

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