middle-of-the-road


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mid·dle-of-the-road

(mĭd′l-əv-thə-rōd′)
adj.
1. Pursuing a course of action midway between extremes, especially following a course in politics that is neither liberal nor conservative.
2. Abbr. MOR Of, relating to, or being a type of entertainment, especially popular music, that appeals to a wide audience.

mid′dle-of-the-road′er n.

middle-of-the-road

adj
1. not extreme, esp in political views; moderate
2. (Pop Music) of, denoting, or relating to popular music having a wide general appeal
ˈmiddle-of-the-ˈroader n

mid′dle-of-the-road′



adj.
following or favoring an intermediate position between two extremes, esp. in politics; moderate.
[1890–95, Amer.]
mid′dle-of-the-road′er, n.
mid′dle-of-the-road′ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.middle-of-the-road - supporting or pursuing a course of action that is neither liberal nor conservativemiddle-of-the-road - supporting or pursuing a course of action that is neither liberal nor conservative
center - of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually
2.middle-of-the-road - not extreme, especially in political views
moderate - being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme; "moderate prices"; "a moderate income"; "a moderate fine"; "moderate demands"; "a moderate estimate"; "a moderate eater"; "moderate success"; "a kitchen of moderate size"; "the X-ray showed moderate enlargement of the heart"

middle-of-the-road

adjective
1. moderate, non-radical, non-extreme, non-reactionary an archbishop with middle-of-the-road politics
2. ordinary, average, typical, normal, mundane, unremarkable, humdrum, unexciting I don't want to be a middle-of-the-road person.

middle-of-the-road

adjective
Translations

middle-of-the-road

[ˈmɪdləvðəˈrəʊd] ADJmoderado (pej) → mediocre

middle-of-the-road

[ˌmɪdləvðˈrəʊd] adjmoderato/a
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