social contract

noun
|Updated on: 9 Jun 2018

Definition of social contract

: 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

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First Known Use of social contract

1660

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social contract

noun so·cial contract

legal Definition of social contract

: 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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