American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An agreement among the members of an organized society or between the governed and the government defining and limiting the rights and duties of each.
- n. philosophy, politics An implicit agreement or contract among members of a society that dictates things such as submission of individuals to rule of law and acceptable conduct.
- n. an implicit agreement among people that results in the organization of society; individual surrenders liberty in return for protection
“In so far he differs from the theorizers and utopians of his day and of a later age, who had no hesitation in drafting laws for man in the abstract or for a humanity freed from all spatial and temporal determinations, and who took as the basis of their deductions either the idea of a social contract in primitive times, or of a state of nature which had to be developed or restored.”
“DePaul sociologist Deena Weinstein follows Sanneh, and she compares the social contract within a working rock band to the fictionalized existence of the jackalope.”
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