Digest of terms

compromise

a decision or action involving a shift from a previous position in order to accommodate part of another's position, enabling a mutually acceptable outcome. It often has the negative connotation of blurring of ideals or selling out of principles, for whatever reasons. In many instances, however, the person making the compromise may be faced with competing claims not only from two opposing positions of power, both of which need to some extent to be taken into account, but from two or more principles, each of which has a bearing on a particular context. The outcome may indeed be an improvement on the previous position, with different degrees of mutual accommodation. The question arises however as to whether, or to what extent, what is decided and done can still, in its own way, be principled. (casuistry)

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