private treaty


Definition of 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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First Known Use of private treaty

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 16 Jun. 2021.

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Legal Definition of 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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