Compromise vs Tolerance - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between compromise and tolerance

is that compromise is the settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions while tolerance is tolerance.

As a verb compromise

is (ambitransitive) to bind by mutual agreement.



(en noun)
  • The settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions.
  • * Shakespeare
  • But basely yielded upon compromise / That which his noble ancestors achieved with blows.
  • * Burke
  • All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
  • * Hallam
  • An abhorrence of concession and compromise is a never failing characteristic of religious factions.
  • A committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender.
  • a compromise of character or right
  • * Lamb
  • I was determined not to accept any fine speeches, to the compromise of that sex the belonging to which was, after all, my strongest claim and title to them.


  • (ambitransitive) To bind by mutual agreement.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Laban and himself were compromised / That all the eanlings which were streaked and pied / Should fall as Jacob's hire.
  • To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound.
  • * Fuller
  • The controversy may easily be compromised .
  • 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.
  • * Motley
  • To pardon all who had been compromised in the late disturbances.
  • To cause impairment of.
  • To breach (a security system).
  • He tried to compromise the security in the computer by guessing the password.

    Derived terms

    * compromising (adjective )



  • (uncountable, obsolete) The ability to endure pain or hardship; endurance.
  • (uncountable) The ability or practice of tolerating; an acceptance or patience with the beliefs, opinions or practices of others; a lack of bigotry.
  • (uncountable) The ability of the body (or other organism) to resist the action of a poison, to cope with a dangerous drug or to survive infection by an organism.
  • (countable) The variation or deviation from a standard, especially the maximum permitted variation in an engineering measurement.
  • (uncountable) The ability of the body to accept a tissue graft without rejection.
  • Antonyms

    * intolerance