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covenant

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noun cov·e·nant \ˈkəv-nənt, ˈkə-və-\

Simple Definition of covenant

  • : a formal and serious agreement or promise

  • law : a formal written agreement between two or more people, businesses, countries, etc.

Full Definition of covenant

  1. 1 :  a usually formal, solemn, and binding agreement :  compact

  2. 2 a :  a written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action b :  the common-law action to recover damages for breach of such a contract

cov·e·nan·tal play \ˌkə-və-ˈnan-təl\ adjective

Examples of covenant

  1. an international covenant on human rights

  2. The restrictive covenants of the building development prohibit the construction of buildings over 30 feet tall.



Origin of covenant

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from present participle of covenir to be fitting, from Latin convenire


First Known Use: 14th century


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covenant

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verb cov·e·nant \-nənt, -ˌnant\

Definition of covenant

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to promise by a covenant :  pledge

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to enter into a covenant :  contract



Examples of covenant

  1. <a traditional rule held that a husband could not enter into a covenant with his wife, because that was the equivalent of covenanting with himself>

  2. <the home buyers had to covenant that they would restore and keep the house for at least 10 years in exchange for a low mortgage rate>



14th Century

First Known Use of covenant

14th century


COVENANT Defined for Kids

covenant

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noun cov·e·nant \ˈkə-və-nənt\

Definition of covenant

  1. :  a formal or serious agreement or promise <the covenant of marriage>





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