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Definition of "give-and-take" []

  • The practice of compromise. (noun)
  • Lively exchange of ideas or conversation: "the raucous give and take of American democracy” ( Charles Kuralt). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "give-and-take" in a sentence
  • "In the same way that the Supreme Court benefits from the give-and-take of circuit splits, circuit courts are better able to appreciate the need for them to issue a precedential opinion when the district courts are in open disagreement."
  • "Our system denies district judges the power to create precedent not because they are somehow unqualified to do so as individuals but because a single judge sitting alone is not subjected to the give-and-take among colleagues and the need to secure majority support that prevents an appellate judge from being a law unto herself."
  • "Besides, who, in normal conversational give-and-take, has time to "stop and think"?"