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

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Morocco has no extradition treaty with the US, but the Moroccan government expelled him and transferred custody to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Nicole Chavez And Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN, "A former Catholic priest likely to spend the rest of his life in prison for abusing an altar boy in New Mexico," 14 Sep. 2019 China does not have an extradition treaty with the United States. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "'My father’s death was 100 percent avoidable’: Lyft to pay $10,000 for not alerting city about suspended driver, later accused of killing cabbie while working for Uber," 13 Aug. 2019 Despite the lack of an extradition treaty, there was still that South Korean arrest warrant for murder for Kathy Patrick. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Is justice out of reach for an American teacher murdered in South Korea?," 10 Aug. 2019 When the Allied leaders finally announced that the treaty had been signed, celebrations erupted across the continent. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "Europe Reacts to the Treaty of Versailles, in Photos," 27 June 2019 The suspect fled to Hong Kong, which doesn’t have an extradition treaty with Taiwan. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "Hong Kong Upheaval Puts Beijing in a Bind," 16 June 2019 Like most Western nations, New Zealand does not have an extradition treaty with China. Charlotte Graham-mclay, BostonGlobe.com, "New Zealand court, blocking extradition, is latest to rebuke china’s judiciary," 11 June 2019 The triennial meetings of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), an international treaty that regulates the trade of wild plants and animals, are among the most significant wildlife conferences in the world. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Wildlife Trade Conference Imposes Near-Total Ban on Sending Wild African Elephants to Zoos," 30 Aug. 2019 International drug treaties technically permit medical cannabis. The Economist, "A global revolution in attitudes towards cannabis is under way," 29 Aug. 2019

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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

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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