Modus vivendi is derived from the Latin word, "modus" meaning "mode" and "vivendi" meaning "way of living." The phrase generally signifies means of allowing parties with differing opinions to agree to disagree in order to resolve a dispute.
A modus vivendi, in the political forum, is often an informal agreement used in political, historical, or cultural disputes as means of accommodating differences to allow life to go forward. A modus vivendi also an informal diplomatic tool used to create a provisional accord between countries at odds to allow negotiations toward a substantial, long term agreement like a treaty. Armistices and instruments of surrender are generally considered modi vivendi upon legislative ratification.
A "modus vivendimodus vivendi" is a person's way of life and a direct reflection of an individual's values or attitudes.