private treaty


: a sale of property on terms determined by conference of the seller and buyer compare auction

Examples of private treaty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Security equipment like full-body scanners and automatic passport gates will be available through private treaty sales after a security check of the buyers. Palko Karasz, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2018 Brownfield's areas of expertise include farmland, private treaty brokerage, auctions and buyer or seller representation. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, 23 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of private treaty was in 1858

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“Private treaty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

private treaty

: a sale of property on terms determined between the buyer and the seller
got better prices by private treaty than his neighbors did at auction
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