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a. A settlement of differences in which each side makes concessions.
b. The result of such a settlement.
2. Something that combines qualities or elements of different things: The incongruous design is a compromise between high tech and early American.
3. A weakening or reduction of one's principles or standards: a compromise of morality.
4. Impairment, as by disease or injury: physiological compromise.
v. com·pro·mised, com·pro·mis·ing, com·pro·mis·es
1. To arrive at a settlement by making concessions.
2. To reduce the quality, value, or degree of something, such as one's ideals.
a. To expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute: a secret mission that was compromised and had to be abandoned.
b. To reduce in quality, value, or degree; weaken or lower: Don't compromise your standards.
2. To impair, as by disease or injury: an immune system that was compromised by a virus.
3. To settle by mutual concessions: a dispute that was compromised.

[Middle English compromis, from Old French, from Latin comprōmissum, mutual promise, from neuter past participle of comprōmittere, to promise mutually : com-, com- + prōmittere, to promise; see promise.]

com′pro·mis′er n.
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(ˈkɒm prəˌmaɪzd)

unable to function optimally, esp. with regard to immune response, owing to underlying disease, harmful environmental exposure, or the side effects of treatment.
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A term applied to classified matter, knowledge of which has, in whole or in part, passed to an unauthorized person or persons, or which has been subject to risk of such passing. See also classified matter.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
References in classic literature ?
The Indian's claim was compromised for a plug hat and a tin horn.
His business was that of being always compromised; but his fortunes were pushed as much by defeat as by success.
As for Villefort, instead of sending to Paris, he carefully preserved the petition that so fearfully compromised Dantes, in the hopes of an event that seemed not unlikely, -- that is, a second restoration.
Halfacre went into liquidation, as it is called, and compromised with his creditors, reserving to himself a pretty little capital of some eighty or a hundred thousand dollars, by means of judicious payments to confidential creditors, his wife and daughter saw all THEY most prized taken away, and the town was filled with the magnitude of their sacrifices, and with the handsome manner in which both submitted to make them.
" And even if you were to WIN much I should be compromised," he added in a meaning sort of way.
She compromised on an augmentation of her territory, twenty million dollars' indemnity in money, and peace.
He threw himself into it, as you know he would do, with all his strength, without knowing what he was about; and now he is as much compromised as myself - as completely ruined as I am."
Fouquet, who will not abandon you, he being himself compromised, notwithstanding his heroic action."
As observed by Dennis Waitley, 'Winners are people with definite purpose in life.' Consequently, when purpose is compromised, failure beckons.
A QUARTER of homeowners who compromised on location when buying their current property say they now regret it, a survey has found.
A QUARTER of home-owners who compromised on location when buying their current property say they now regret it, a survey has found.
They will be a sigh of relief for many, as compromised passwords are often used for data theft.The other is an extension called "Password Checkup" for the desktop version of Chrome that can check if your password has been compromised or not.