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

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  • n. 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.

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

  • n. an implicit agreement among people that results in the organization of society; individual surrenders liberty in return for protection

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