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[moh-duh s vi-ven-dee, -dahy] /ˈmoʊ dəs vɪˈvɛn di, -daɪ/

noun, plural modi vivendi
[moh-dee vi-ven-dee, moh-dahy vi-ven-dahy] /ˈmoʊ di vɪˈvɛn di, ˈmoʊ daɪ vɪˈvɛn daɪ/ (Show IPA)
manner of living; way of life; lifestyle.
a temporary arrangement between persons or parties pending a settlement of matters in debate.
/ˈməʊdəs vɪˈvɛndiː; -ˈvɛndaɪ/
noun (pl) modi vivendi (ˈməʊdiː vɪˈvɛndiː; ˈməʊdaɪ vɪˈvɛndaɪ)
a working arrangement between conflicting interests; practical compromise

1879, Latin, literally “way of living or getting along” (see modus).

Modus vivendi is any temporary compromise that enables parties to carry on pending settlement of a dispute that would otherwise paralyse their activities. [Fowler]

modus vivendi [(moh-duhs vi-ven-dee, vi-ven-deye)]

A compromise between adversaries that allows them to get along temporarily: “During the separation, my parents adopted a modus vivendi that enabled them to tolerate each other.” From Latin, meaning a “method of living.”


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