American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A formal agreement between two or more states, as in reference to terms of peace or trade.
- n. The document in which such an agreement is set down.
- n. A contract or agreement.
- n. Obsolete Negotiation for the purpose of reaching an agreement.
- n. Obsolete An entreaty.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A discourse; account; document; treatise.
- n. The act of treating or handling; conduct; management; treatment; negotiation; discussion; diplomacy.
- n. An agreement; a compact; specifically, a league or contract between two or more nations or sovereigns, in modern usage formally signed by commissioners properly authorized, and solemnly ratified by the several sovereigns or the supreme power of each state. The term treaty includes all the various transactions into which states enter between themselves, such as treaties of peace or of alliance, truces. and conventions. Treaties may be for political or for commercial purposes, in which latter form they are usually temporary. Inmost monarchies the power of making and ratifying treaties is vested in the sovereign; in the United States of America it is vested in the President, by and with the consent of the Senate. Treaties may be concluded and signed by diplomatic agents, but these, of course, must he furnished with full powers by the sovereign authority of their respective states.
- n. An entreaty.
- n. international law A binding agreement under international law concluded by subjects of international law, namely states and international organizations.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of treating for the adjustment of differences, as for forming an agreement; negotiation.
- n. An agreement so made; specifically, an agreement, league, or contract between two or more nations or sovereigns, formally signed by commissioners properly authorized, and solemnly ratified by the several sovereigns, or the supreme power of each state; an agreement between two or more independent states
- n. obsolete A proposal tending to an agreement.
- n. obsolete A treatise; a tract.
- n. a written agreement between two states or sovereigns
- From Old French traité, from Latin tractatus, from tractare. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English tretee, from Old French traite, from Latin tractātus, discussion, from past participle of tractāre, to drag about, deal with; see treat. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“As to Mr Oswald's offer to make an acknowledgment of our independence the first article of our treaty, and your Excellency's remark, that it is sufficient, and that _we are not to expect the effect before the cause_, permit us to observe, that by the _cause_, we suppose, is intended the _treaty_, and by the _effect_, an acknowledgment of our independence.”
“If a treaty is a more grave thing (since it can entangle the country with European machinations) it stands to reason that ratifying should be subject to a large supermajority.”
“Signing a treaty is an international procedure, ratification is national.”
“This treaty is an intelligent, appropriate and moves humanity in the right direction.”
“What this treaty is attempting to do is to reduce the stockpiles of nukes that are not in silos and heavily protected, you know the ones laying around that make them targets of terrorists to try and steal and use against both our nations.”
“The SPLM joined the government of national unity after a 2005 peace deal ended two decades of civil war, but they walked out in October protesting what they described as treaty violations by the government and only rejoined in December amid fears that the civil war would re-ignite.”
“However, I cannot agree with the assessment that the treaty is anti-US, at all.”
“The document seemed long, and in fact, as I understood it, there were three documents -- one which they called the treaty, and two others they called "conventions.”
“European Union leaders met yesterday and European Union Council president Herman Van Rompuy said in a statement after the meeting that 25 out of 27 member states approved a fiscal compact for the region which he described as a "treaty on stability and convergence".”
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