social contract

noun

Definition of social contract

  1. :  an actual or hypothetical agreement among the members of an organized society or between a community and its ruler that defines and limits the rights and duties of each

First Known Use of social contract

1660


Law Dictionary

social contract

noun so·cial contract

Legal Definition of social contract

  1. :  an actual or hypothetical agreement among individuals forming an organized society or between the community and the ruler that defines and limits the rights and duties of each


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