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treaty

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noun trea·ty \ˈtrē-tē\

Simple Definition of treaty

  • : an official agreement that is made between two or more countries or groups

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of treaty

plural

treaties

  1. 1 :  the action of treating and especially of negotiating

  2. 2a :  an agreement or arrangement made by negotiation: (1) :  private treaty (2) :  a contract in writing between two or more political authorities (as states or sovereigns) formally signed by representatives duly authorized and usually ratified by the lawmaking authority of the state b :  a document in which such a contract is set down

Examples of treaty in a sentence

  1. a nuclear test ban treaty

  2. <in accordance with a treaty between the United States and the tribes of the Pacific Northwest, commercial fishing of certain kinds of salmon is limited to Native Americans>



Origin and Etymology of treaty

Middle English trete, from Anglo-French treté, from past participle of treter to discuss, treat


First Known Use: 14th century



TREATY Defined for Kids

treaty

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noun trea·ty \ˈtrē-tē\

Definition of treaty for Students

plural

treaties

  1. :  an agreement between two or more states or sovereigns <a peace treaty>




Law Dictionary

treaty

noun trea·ty

Legal Definition of treaty

plural

treaties

  1. 1 :  the action of treating and especially of negotiating

  2. 2 :  an agreement or arrangement made by negotiation: as a :  private treaty b :  a contract in writing between two or more political authorities (as states or sovereigns) formally signed by representatives duly authorized and usually ratified by the lawmaking authority of the state <the President…shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treatiesU.S. Constitution art. II> — compare executive agreement

  3. 3 :  a document embodying a negotiated agreement or contract

  4. 4 :  an agreement or contract (as between companies) providing for treaty reinsurance



Origin and Etymology of treaty

Anglo-French treté, from Middle French traité, from Medieval Latin tractatus, from Latin, handling, treatment, from tractare to treat, handle



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