Modus vivendi is a Latin phrase signifying an agreement between those whose opinions differ, such that they agree to disagree.
Modus means mode, way. Vivendi means of living. Together, way of living, implies an accommodation between disputing parties to allow life to go on. It usually describes informal and temporary arrangements in political affairs. For example, where two sides reach a modus vivendi regarding disputed territories, despite political, historical or cultural incompatibilities, an accommodation of their respective differences is established for the sake of contingency. This sense of the term has been used as a keystone in the political philosophy of John Gray.
Diplomatically, a modus vivendi is an instrument for establishing an international accord of a temporary or provisional nature, intended to be replaced by a more substantial and thorough agreement, such as a treaty. It is usually fashioned informally, and so never requires legislative ratification. Typically armistices and instruments of surrender are modi vivendi.
Crisis or Modus Vivendi with Japan by Walter Lippmann
Mr. Drummond said that if the company could not reach an accommodation with the government, it might shut down its Chinese search engine, but it would try to keep some of the 600 or so employees in China.
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- The act of accommodating or the state of being accommodated; adjustment.
- Something that meets a need; a convenience.
- Room and board; lodgings.
- A seat, compartment, or room on a public vehicle.
- Reconciliation or settlement of opposing views.
- Physiology. The automatic adjustment in the focal length of the lens of the eye to permit retinal focus of images of objects at varying distances.
- A financial favor, such as a loan.
━━ n. （〈米〉ではpl.） （宿泊）設備; 適応, 調節; 融通, 貸し金; 便宜; 待遇; 【生理】遠近調節.
accommodation address 臨時あて先 ((住所を知られたくない人や住所不定者が郵便受け取りのために使う)).
accommodation agency 〔英〕 不動産周旋所.
accommodation bill [draft, paper] 融通手形.
accommodation collar 〔米俗〕 （警察の）（割当数達成のための）便宜的逮捕.
accommodation endorsement 融通裏書.
ac・com・mo・da・tion・ist ━━ n., a. 〔米〕 白人社会との和解に賛成する（黒人）.
accommodation ladder （船・旅客機の）タラップ.
accommodation party 融通署名者.
accommodation train 〔米〕 普通列車, 各駅停車の電車.
n., pl., modi vivendi.
- A manner of living; a way of life.
- A temporary agreement between contending parties pending a final settlement.
[New Latin modus vīvendī : Latin modus, mode, Latin vīvendī, genitive sing. gerund of vīvere, to live.]
Pronunciation: /ˌməʊdəs vɪˈvɛndiː, -dʌɪ/
noun (plural modi vivendi /ˌməʊdi/)[usually in singular]
Origin:Latin, literally 'way of living'
[名]（複mo・di vi・ven・di 〔móudi〕）[名]
1 ((ラテン語))生き方, 生活態度(life style).
2 ((形式))（…との）暫定協定((with ...))
set up a modus vivendi