Translation: Latin, literally "a way of living".

This is a term often used to describe diplomatic compromise-

"Hey, you've got your cows, I've got my cows, and that depends on me not rustling yours and vice versa. So what's mine is mine, and what's yours is yours. Can you please put the sword away?"

Mo"dus vi*ven"di (?). [L.]

Mode, or manner, of living; hence, a temporary arrangement of affairs until disputed matters can be settled.

 

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