third force

noun
: a grouping (as of political parties or nations) intermediate between two opposing political forces

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a political faction or party, etc., occupying an intermediate position between two others representing opposite extremes.
[1945-50]

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third force noun
A group (eg in a political party) following a middle or uncommitted course between contending extremes
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third force,
any person or group that tries to hold a middle course between extreme factions, especially a political group trying to hold such a position: »

New York's Liberal Party—a powerful third force in New York politics (Time).

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n. [in sing.] a political group or party acting as a check on conflict between two extreme or opposing groups

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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