from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A binding agreement under international law concluded by subjects of international law, namely states and international organizations.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. A proposal tending to an agreement.
- n. A treatise; a tract.
from The 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.
- n. An entreaty.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a written agreement between two states or sovereigns
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)
From Old French traité, from Latin tractatus, from tractare. (Wiktionary)