con·​cor·​dat | \ kən-ˈkȯr-ˌdat How to pronounce concordat (audio) \

Definition of concordat

: compact, covenant specifically : an agreement between a pope and a sovereign or government for the regulation of ecclesiastical matters

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Recent Examples on the Web After the fall of communism in 1989, Poland signed several concordats to hand back communal lands that had been seized, including one with the Jewish community, which lodged more than 5,000 claims. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "As Pence heads to Poland for World War II anniversary, an 80-year-old issue remains unresolved," 31 Aug. 2019 Since the concordat was launched, public support for animal research has stabilized in the United Kingdom, although showing cause and effect is difficult. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "To woo public, Europe opens up on animal experiments, but U.S. less transparent," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of concordat

1616, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for concordat

French, from Medieval Latin concordatum, from Latin, neuter of concordatus, past participle of concordare

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“Concordat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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