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modus vivendi

The West is looking for a modus vivendi with radical Islam.
  a practical compromise that permits disagreeing parties or ideas to coexist


a manner of living that reflects the person’s values and attitudes
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  • The West is looking for a modus vivendi with radical Islam.
  • Finland established a modus vivendi reconciling their independence with Soviet power.
  • One would almost have supposed Henchard to have had policy to see that no better modus vivendi could be arrived at with Farfrae than by encouraging him to become his son-in-law.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Their relations had become fluid within the formal reserve that she had imposed since the expulsion of Aunt Escolastica, and this allowed them such a comfortable modus vivendi that no one would have doubted that it was based on affection.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera

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  • I’d chosen him as my modus vivendi.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • The Bible tells Christians not to be of the world, sharing its distorted priorities, but it does call upon believers to be in the world, fully engaged.  Many Christians have abdicated this mission. They have instead sought a workable, comfortable, modus vivendi in which they agree to leave the secular world alone if the secular world agrees to leave them alone.
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Associated words [difficulty]:   modus vivendi , exeunt [6] , gravitas [7] , imprimatur [8] , in utero [8] , rigor mortis [8]
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