from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A formal agreement, such as one between nations; a treaty.
  • n. A compact; a bargain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An agreement; a compact; a covenant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An agreement; a league; a compact; a covenant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An agreement; a compact.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a written agreement between two states or sovereigns


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pactum, from neuter sing. past participle of pacīscī, to agree; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pactum ("something agreed upon"), from paciscere ("to agree"). (Wiktionary)


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