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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.


(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.


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.
References in classic literature ?
The Indian's claim was compromised for a plug hat and a tin horn.
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.
Maybe they compromised their integrity, or felt they did so, for the sake of their country.
The tens of millions of card accounts that were compromised touched nearly every financial institution, giving everyone a chance to evaluate how they reacted, how their processes worked and how to better respond in the future.
Two hundred bank customers whose accounts were compromised by fraud at a Washington Mutual automated-teller machine on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana will receive the cards.
06; 4) replacing an assumption that fluoroquinolones are prescribed for all affected patients receiving antimicrobial drug treatment (rather than, for example, erythromycin) by a more realistic value of fluoroquinolones being prescribed for perhaps [approximately equal to] 50% of patients (2) reduces the estimated risk by a factor of [approximately equal to] 50%; 5) replacing an assumption that all such cases lead to compromised responses with a more data-driven estimate that perhaps [approximately equal to] 7% of patients have compromised responses would reduce the estimated risk by a factor of 1/6 (5); and 6) recognizing that reducing enrofloxacin use may not decrease fluoroquinolone resistance in all Campylobacter spp.
Strategists ponder how best to keep movements for change alive in a climate of backlash and of compromised civil rights freedoms.