Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A formal written agreement between two or more nations.
  • noun The document in which such an agreement is set down.
  • noun Archaic Negotiation for the purpose of reaching an agreement.
  • noun A contract or agreement.
  • noun An entreaty.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A discourse; account; document; treatise.
  • noun The act of treating or handling; conduct; management; treatment; negotiation; discussion; diplomacy.
  • noun 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.
  • noun An entreaty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of treating for the adjustment of differences, as for forming an agreement; negotiation.
  • noun 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
  • noun obsolete A proposal tending to an agreement.
  • noun obsolete A treatise; a tract.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun international law A binding agreement under international law concluded by subjects of international law, namely states and international organizations.

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

  • noun a written agreement between two states or sovereigns

Etymologies

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

[Middle English tretee, from Old French traite, from Latin tractātus, discussion, from past participle of tractāre, to drag about, deal with; see treat.]

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From Old French traité, from Latin tractatus, from tractare.

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