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 Reversing other Trump policies—by signing up again to the Paris climate accord, rejoining the World Health Organization, or extending the New Start arms-control treaty with Russia—was the easy stuff. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Will Biden’s Iran Diplomacy Become a Shakespearean Tragedy?," 22 Feb. 2021 As for Russia, Blinken hailed the U.S. administration's quick move to extend the New Start treaty by five years. Jamey Keaten, Star Tribune, "As Iran backs away, US still ready to revive nuclear accord," 22 Feb. 2021 The treaty was originally signed by 175 countries, and included commitments from the world's leading CO2 emitters: China, the United States and the European Union. Cara Korte, CBS News, "What the U.S. is committing to as it rejoins the Paris climate accords — and why it matters," 19 Feb. 2021 Blinken said Biden would enter office with a plan to extend the New START arms control treaty with Russia that expires in February. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Senate committee clears path for Lloyd Austin as first Black Defense secretary," 21 Jan. 2021 Unlike Trump, Biden has promised to extend the New START treaty that expires in February and is the last remaining nuclear arms agreement between Russia and the U.S. Ilya Arkhipov, Bloomberg.com, "Hack Attack Adds to Putin’s Mystique Even if Russia Faces Pain," 19 Dec. 2020 The treaty was a historic breakthrough in Israel’s decades-long quest for relations with the Arab world. Sam Sokol, sun-sentinel.com, "Israelis excited about UAE travel, but some have concerns," 23 Nov. 2020 Separately, Russia and the US have been trying to break an impasse in long-running talks aimed at extending the New START treaty between them. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: Trump's third conservative justice," 26 Oct. 2020 The cap would cover warheads attached to battlefield weapons, which are limited by the New START treaty that only restricts strategic nuclear arsenals. Arkansas Online, "Russia, U.S. appear ready for deal to extend nuclear pact," 20 Oct. 2020

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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 5 Mar. 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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