treaty

noun

trea·​ty ˈtrē-tē How to pronounce treaty (audio)
plural treaties
1
a
: 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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Example Sentences

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 Bhakar talked up the 30% incentives for international productions and co-productions filming in India that were revealed at Cannes earlier this year and also called for a relook at the existing Italy-India co-production treaty. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 3 Sep. 2022 Beijing decided against ratifying the treaty that established the court decades ago. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, 1 Sep. 2022 Russia blocked the adoption of a joint statement to close out a United Nations conference on an ongoing nuclear arms treaty, Western officials said, a diplomatic broadside that underscored the global ramifications of the war in Ukraine. Arkansas Online, 28 Aug. 2022 The dispute over the plant led Russia late Friday to block agreement on the final document of the four-week-long review of the U.N. treaty that is considered the cornerstone of nuclear disarmament. Derek Gatopoulos, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Aug. 2022 The treaty is reviewed at a U.N. conference every five years. John Hudson, Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2022 The dispute over the plant led Russia late Friday to block agreement on the final document of the four-week-long review of the U.N. treaty that is considered the cornerstone of nuclear disarmament. Derek Gatopoulos, ajc, 27 Aug. 2022 The dispute over the plant led Russia late Friday to block agreement on the final document of the four-week-long review of the U.N. treaty that is considered the cornerstone of nuclear disarmament. Derek Gatopoulos, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Aug. 2022 That treaty stated that anyone can use space but no one owns it, and that exploration should be done to benefit all people. Ramin Skibba, WIRED, 25 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of treaty was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Treaty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treaty. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

treaty

noun

trea·​ty ˈtrē-tē How to pronounce treaty (audio)
plural treaties
: an agreement between two or more states or sovereigns
a peace treaty

Legal Definition

treaty

noun

trea·​ty
plural treaties
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 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

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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