Definition of modus vivendi noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


modus vivendi

BrE BrE//ˌməʊdəs vɪˈvendiː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmoʊdəs vɪˈvendiː//
[singular] (from Latin, formal)
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an arrangement that is made between people, institutions or countries who have very different opinions or ideas, so that they can live or work together without arguing The two states reached a kind of modus vivendi. Word OriginLatin, literally ‘way of living’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: modus vivendi