moral victory

moral victory
noun
: an actual defeat regarded as a virtual victory because of the narrowness of the margin or because of some circumstance that gives satisfaction or hope

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moral victory
◇ If you achieve a moral victory you do not win anything but you achieve something that is important and good.

Although they lost, the minority claimed the vote as a moral victory since they had won the support of so many former opponents.

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Main Entry:moral

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ˌmoral ˈvictory [moral victory] noun
a situation in which your ideas or principles are proved to be right and fair, even though you may not have succeeded where practical results are concerned

In spite of the result, we felt we had won a moral victory.


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