Definition of treaty
1a : an agreement or arrangement made by negotiation: (1) : a contract in writing between two or more political authorities (such as states or sovereigns) formally signed by representatives duly authorized and usually ratified by the lawmaking authority of the state (2) : private treatyb : a document in which such a contract is set down
2 : the action of treating and especially of negotiating
Examples of treaty in a Sentence
a nuclear test ban treaty
in accordance with a treaty between the United States and the tribes of the Pacific Northwest, commercial fishing of certain kinds of salmon is limited to Native Americans
Recent Examples of treaty from the Web
And that technique is effective in some international circumstances, like human rights treaties.
Even so, as Trump again showed his willingness to overthrow tradition, treaties and advice on Thursday, worries over the solidity of U.S. commitment to allies across the region are likely to grow.
At the Toledo luncheon, for example, much of the discussion centered on the fact that the climate treaty is nonbinding.
A profound cost for leaving the Paris treaty will be to American leadership.
The four islands, called the Northern Territories in Japan and the southern Kurils in Russia, were seized by the former Soviet Union at the end of the World War II, preventing the two countries from signing a peace treaty.
However, senior adviser Steve Bannon — who has consistently helped invigorate the president’s staunchest supporters — has long opposed the treaty.
Its decisions are not binding as an international treaty would be, simply representing the leaders' political commitment to carry through.
Vance fought to obtain U.S. ratification of the SALT II treaty with the Kremlin to limit superpower nuclear arsenals.
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Origin and Etymology of treaty
Middle English trete, from Anglo-French treté, from past participle of treter to discuss, treat
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of treaty for English Language Learners
: an official agreement that is made between two or more countries or groups
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Definition of treaty for Students
: an agreement between two or more states or sovereigns a peace treaty
Legal Definition of treaty
1 : the action of treating and especially of negotiating
2 : an agreement or arrangement made by negotiation: as a : private treaty b : a contract in writing between two or more political authorities (as states or sovereigns) formally signed by representatives duly authorized and usually ratified by the lawmaking authority of the state the President…shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties — U.S. Constitution art. II — compare executive agreement
3 : a document embodying a negotiated agreement or contract
4 : an agreement or contract (as between companies) providing for treaty reinsurance
Origin and Etymology of treaty
Anglo-French treté, from Middle French traité, from Medieval Latin tractatus, from Latin, handling, treatment, from tractare to treat, handle
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