trade agreement

noun

Definition of trade agreement

1 : an international agreement on conditions of trade in goods and services
2 : an agreement resulting from collective bargaining

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Citing national security as a justification for the metals tariffs will give other countries the excuse to do the same, tearing a hole in the delicate web of trade agreements the U.S. spent decades spinning. Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Hard-Line Take on Trade Plays Into China’s Hands," 8 Mar. 2018 The advancements of other trade agreements such as the TPP indicate that political posturing could cost American interests abroad, Meltzer said. Martha C. White, NBC News, "The biggest risk to NAFTA may be Trump’s frustration," 24 Jan. 2018 The same holds for many other heavy-polluting industries that fled overseas in the wake of global trade agreements. Mark Schapiro, Newsweek, "COP21: Cities Move to Climate Talks' Center Stage," 15 Nov. 2015 The United States looks forward to finalizing a great bilateral trade agreement with the United Kingdom. Calvin Woodward, BostonGlobe.com, "Fact Check: Trump vs. Trump in Europe," 13 July 2018 Evridge pointed to Trump's pull-out last year of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would have been the world's largest trade agreement, with 11 countries covering 40 percent of the global economy. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Decline in Pacific halibut fishery not as severe as feared," 26 Mar. 2018 Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, on the new U.S.-Mexico trade agreement and the state of the economy. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: DOJ official Bruce Ohr faces the dossier hot seat; Key primaries in Arizona, Florida," 28 Aug. 2018 Elsewhere, talk of tearing up trade agreements and his imposition of tariffs to protect the American steel and aluminum industries have angered longtime partners. Washington Post, "Trump rarely conducts business as usual with foreign leaders," 7 June 2018 Stiglitz: Trump doesn’t seem to recognize that the WTO is a trade agreement and not an investment agreement. Enda Curran, Bloomberg.com, "Stiglitz Says True U.S.-China Trade Accord ‘Almost Impossible’," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of trade agreement

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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