treaty

noun
trea·​ty | \ ˈtrē-tē How to pronounce treaty (audio) \
plural treaties

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
b : a document in which such a contract is set down
2 : the action of treating and especially of negotiating

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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 on the Web In February, the U.S. officially rejoined the Paris Agreement on climate change, an international treaty signed by 196 countries that have committed to limiting global warming and avoiding its potentially destabilizing effects. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 7 June 2021 After being blown briefly off-course by the pandemic, the final negotiation session for a new international treaty to protect marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction is now scheduled for August 2021. World Economic Forum, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Both reports supported the creation of an international pandemic treaty that would establish consequences if countries failed to live up to their commitments. New York Times, 12 May 2021 Both reports supported the creation of an international pandemic treaty that would establish consequences if countries failed to live up to their commitments. BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2021 Some Australians have complained to the U.N. Human Rights Committee that Australia’s restrictive border measures violate an international treaty that guarantees citizens’ right of return to their own country. Mike Cherney, WSJ, 3 May 2021 Sweden’s foreign minister has traveled here to sign an ambitious treaty to ban all arctic drilling and help forestall the worst effects of climate change. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 27 Apr. 2021 Five years later, diplomats and dignitaries convened in Kyoto, Japan, to hash out the details of what would become the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty based on the U.N. framework that committed countries to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2021 The 103 former navy officers criticized a suggestion that Turkey could withdraw from the international treaty that regulates shipping through the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits, which link the Mediterranean Sea to the Black Sea. Andrew Wilks, Star Tribune, 4 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of treaty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for treaty

Middle English trete, from Anglo-French treté, from past participle of treter to discuss, treat

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“Treaty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treaty. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for treaty

treaty

noun

English Language Learners Definition of treaty

: an official agreement that is made between two or more countries or groups

treaty

noun
trea·​ty | \ ˈtrē-tē How to pronounce treaty (audio) \
plural treaties

Kids Definition of treaty

: an agreement between two or more states or sovereigns a peace treaty

treaty

noun
trea·​ty
plural treaties

Legal Definition of treaty

1 : the action of treating and especially of negotiating
2 : an agreement or arrangement made by negotiation: as
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 treatiesU.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

History and Etymology for 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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