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

  • n. A judicial decree expressing a voluntary agreement between parties to a suit, especially an agreement by a defendant to cease activities alleged by the government to be illegal in return for an end to the charges.

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  • n. A decree of a court giving effect to an agreement between the litigating parties.

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

  • n. an agreement between two parties that is sanctioned by the court; for example, a company might agree to stop certain questionable practices without admitting guilt


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