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 Meanwhile, opinion in Taiwan has moved against unification, especially as China reneges on its treaty obligations by arresting democracy supporters in Hong Kong. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Japan’s Biden Jitters," 28 Dec. 2020 Getting the count right has implications beyond reapportionment for tribes; the federal government relies on census results to carry out its treaty obligations. Author: Michael Macagnone, Anchorage Daily News, "Falling through census cracks could hurt tribes," 9 Dec. 2020 The ability to mount pylons was a capability never actually used, and the plane was eventually converted to a non-nuclear bomber to comply with arms control treaty obligations. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a B-1B Lancer Carry a Cruise Missile on the Outside for the First Time," 27 Nov. 2020 There are between 300 and 400 American troops based in the Sinai as part of a U.N. peacekeeping mission that dates back to the signing of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1979. Lucas Tomlinson, Fox News, "US Army identifies 5 Americans killed in helicopter crash in Egypt," 14 Nov. 2020 The Philippines is a treaty ally of the United States. Jim Gomez, Star Tribune, "Philippine military says no risk from China-backed towers," 13 Oct. 2020 An international treaty deeming the MS Estonia a sacred site forbids approaching it or diving near it. Gordon F. Sander, The Christian Science Monitor, "A ferry sank, killing hundreds. Now, a film stirs decades-old Baltic mystery.," 19 Nov. 2020 The international treaty that framed its handover from British colonial rule to Chinese sovereignty guaranteed the city’s rule of law and human rights protections. Mary Hui, Quartz, "This is what the dismantling of a democracy looks like," 14 Nov. 2020 The delta is also sheltered by Ramsar, an international treaty to protect wetlands whose signatories include Namibia and Botswana. National Geographic, "Oil drilling, possible fracking planned for Okavango region—elephants’ last stronghold," 28 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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24 Jan 2021

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“Treaty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treaty. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for treaty

treaty

noun
How to pronounce treaty (audio)

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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