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

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 Both the Philippines and Japan are US defense treaty allies, and the US military retains permanent bases in Japan and has base rights in the Philippines. Brad Lendon, CNN, 8 Apr. 2024 Slovakia's president has limited power but does ratify international treaties, appoint judges, serves as commander in chief of the armed forces and can veto laws passed by parliament. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2024 And at negotiations for a global plastics treaty, lobby groups are urging nations to consider expanding chemical recycling instead of taking steps like restricting plastic production or banning plastic bags. Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2024 These treaty rights can only be maintained if water is healthy enough to support fish populations and wild rice beds, and wetlands are an important part in keeping waters clean. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 3 Apr. 2024 That’s natural, because democracies cannot easily make secret treaties. Hal Brands, Foreign Affairs, 29 Mar. 2024 The new report comes in advance of an April meeting of a committee of the United Nations Environment Program, which aims to put together a global plastics treaty with 175 countries before the end of the year. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Mar. 2024 The health agency wants to ratify the treaty at the World Health Assembly at its May 2024 Annual General Assembly. Michael Dorgan, Fox News, 28 Mar. 2024 But thanks to free-trade treaties, Mexico has become a major agricultural power of its own. Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2024

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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 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

treaty

noun
trea·​ty ˈtrēt-ē How to pronounce treaty (audio)
plural treaties
: an agreement or arrangement made by negotiation
especially : one between two or more states or rulers

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 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
Etymology

Anglo-French treté, from Middle French traité, from Medieval Latin tractatus, from Latin, handling, treatment, from tractare to treat, handle

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