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Can someone explain the meaning of usage the phrase - " agree to disagree"?

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Agree to disagree. Its meaning is literal. –  Matt Эллен Sep 12 '13 at 7:56
This might have been a better question for English Language Learners, but feel free to disagree with me. –  J.R. Sep 12 '13 at 9:06
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It means that two people hold different opinions about something, but conclude that there’s no point in continuing their discussion of it, because they are never going to be of the same mind.

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And in addition, they agree to accept that the other party has the viewpoint he has, rather than continue trying to change his opinion; a kind of shallow truce (“I don't accept your view, but for the sake of practicality, I will agree that you have this view; now let's move on”). –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Sep 12 '13 at 8:37
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