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agree to disagree

Of two parties, to mutually accept that they simply do not (and will not) share the same view on a particular issue, in the interest of moving past the issue or avoiding further confrontation. After their discussion about politics intensified, Fred and Sue had to agree to disagree before it impacted their friendship. I'm sick of arguing with you, so let's just agree to disagree and move on from this issue.
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agree to disagree

Cliché [for two or more parties] to calmly agree not to come to an agreement in a dispute. We have accomplished nothing except that we agree to disagree.
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We may disagree without agreeing to disagree," Wittgenstein insisted, and Popper agreed that a disagreement without an agreement to disagree did not falsify his thesis.
One of the biggest dangers is not that negotiations can break down, with the two sides agreeing to disagree, but that a heated discussion can sour a friendship.
The Marburg Colloquy participants, while agreeing to disagree on the doctrine of the Real Presence, did manage to vote unanimously to reject the Roman Catholic understanding of the Mass as a reenactment of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.
Agreeing to disagree will be considered courteous behavior, and diversity of action may become more than a theoretical possibility.
Actually, ``A Price Above Rubies'' is at its best when capturing quiet moments of human connection; Hasidics admiring a Puerto Rican family's home altar, say, or a husband and wAife discovering the joy of agreeing to disagree.