treaty

noun trea·ty \ ˈtrē-tē \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of treaty

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

Examples of treaty in a Sentence

  1. a nuclear test ban treaty

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of treaty

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



TREATY Defined for English Language Learners

treaty

noun

Definition of treaty for English Language Learners

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


TREATY Defined for Kids

treaty

noun trea·ty \ ˈtrē-tē \

Definition of treaty for Students

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

Law Dictionary

treaty

noun trea·ty

legal Definition of treaty

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

Origin and Etymology of 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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