pact

noun
\ ˈpakt \

Definition of pact

: compact entry 4 especially : an international treaty

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Pact has "peace" at its root because a pact often ends a period of unfriendly relations. The word is generally used in the field of international relations, where diplomats may speak of an "arms pact", a "trade pact", or a "fishing-rights pact". But it may also be used for any solemn agreement or promise between two people; after all, whenever two parties shake hands on a deal, they're not about to go to war with each other.

Examples of pact in a Sentence

We supported a peace pact between the two countries. They made a pact to go to the gym together three times a week.

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Prices continued to fall even after the Journal reported that Saudi Arabia was considering cutting output more than agreed in the pact. Christopher Alessi, WSJ, "Banks Sharply Lower Oil-Price Forecasts," 24 Dec. 2018 The new labor rules in Trump’s pact with Mexico are supposed to remove the incentive to keep Mexican workers living in poverty. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Trump’s new trade deal is better for workers than NAFTA was," 30 Nov. 2018 Key participants in the pacts said the U.S. was aware of the arrangements and held off on any drone strikes. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "'Unite with the devil': Yemen war binds US, allies, al-Qaida," 7 Aug. 2018 Per Trump's 2017 announcement, the United States is the third country to not be included in the global pact. Susmita Baral, Teen Vogue, "Trump and the Paris Climate Change Agreement, Explained," 2 Aug. 2018 Most critically, the renegotiation preserved the multibillion-dollar trilateral trade pact, after Trump threatened to tear up NAFTA altogether. Jen Kirby, Vox, "US, Canada, Mexico sign NAFTA replacement at G20," 30 Nov. 2018 Activists were critical of Washington's lobbying at the meeting, especially because President Donald Trump has announced plans to have the U.S. withdraw from the Paris pact, which had been heavily promoted by his predecessor, Barack Obama. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Fox News, "Bangkok meet fails to finalize draft on climate change rules," 9 Sep. 2018 As part of the pact, the countries committed to lowering their greenhouse gas emissions. Susmita Baral, Teen Vogue, "Trump and the Paris Climate Change Agreement, Explained," 2 Aug. 2018 Trump has branded the free trade pact, which also includes Canada, as a job killer for Americans. Susannah George, chicagotribune.com, "Mexico officials urge Mike Pompeo to reunite immigrant families quickly," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of pact

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pact

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin pactum, from neuter of pactus, past participle of pacisci to agree, contract; akin to Old English fōn to seize, Latin pax peace, pangere to fix, fasten, Greek pēgnynai

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: a formal agreement between two countries, people, or groups especially to help each other or to stop fighting

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