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 Frans von der Dunk, a professor of space law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, says the treaty dates back to when only nations explored space, primarily the U.S. and Soviet Union. Dwight Weingarten, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 July 2021 And despite the treaty's existence, world politics have changed and new power players -- namely China -- have emerged in Antarctica. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 17 July 2021 The commission said the law violates human rights under European Union law and breaches the bloc’s treaty principles in the free movement of goods across member states. NBC News, 16 July 2021 However, Pillar 1, which will probably require treaty changes, would need the support of at least two thirds of the Senate . . . Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 9 July 2021 As has occurred with other nations, China has the option of validating the FAA’s work under the treaty. Alan Levin, Bloomberg.com, 8 July 2021 Ankara’s exit from the treaty took effect Thursday. Washington Post, 1 July 2021 Under the peace treaty, only once all the efforts laid out in the accord have been exhausted could one company take its grievance to regulators. Nico Grant, Fortune, 30 June 2021 The Montreal Protocol remains the world’s only successful international environmental treaty with legally binding emissions targets. Eric Dean Wilson, Time, 30 June 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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The first known use of treaty was in the 14th century

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“Treaty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treaty. Accessed 24 Jul. 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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