• To bind by mutual agreement.
  • To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound.
  • To find a way between extremes.
  • To pledge by some act or declaration; to endanger the life, reputation, etc., of, by some act which can not be recalled; to expose to suspicion.
  • To cause impairment of.
  • To breach (a security system).


  • From Middle French compromis, from Medieval Latin, Late Latin compromissum ("a compromise, originally a mutual promise to refer to arbitration"), prop. neuter of Latin compromissus, past participle of compromittere, from com- + promittere; see promise.

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