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A specific political or ideological current, more or less equidistant from the “extremes” or more radicalized positions. As a rule, c. prefers the path of compromise, reduction in conflict, pacification, appeasement. With some frequency c. is accused of sacrificing principles, being too soft, or cowardice. In reality, this current always plays an important role, occupying a central space between movements of the “right” and “left”. Within any given party or movement there may exist centrist or moderate groups located between opposing flanks or wings. In most cases, traditional orientations of non-confrontation and dialogue are part of c., though in some instances c. can play a reactionary role.