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 (“to make a mutual promise to abide by the decision of an arbiter”), from com- (“together”) + promittere (“to promise”); see promise.
compromise (countable and uncountable, plural compromises)
- The settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions.
- A committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender.
- In data security, a violation of the security system such that an unauthorized disclosure or loss of sensitive information may have occurred, or the unauthorized disclosure or loss itself.
compromise (third-person singular simple present compromises, present participle compromising, simple past and past participle compromised)
- (transitive, intransitive) To bind by mutual agreement.
- To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound.
- (intransitive) 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.
- (transitive) To cause impairment of.
- (transitive) To breach (a security system).