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[tree-tee] /ˈtri ti/
noun, plural treaties.
a formal agreement between two or more states in reference to peace, alliance, commerce, or other international relations.
the formal document embodying such an international agreement.
any agreement or compact.
Origin of treaty
1350-1400; Middle English trete < Anglo-French < Latin tractātus tractate
Related forms
nontreaty, noun, plural nontreaties. Unabridged
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  • The future of the global climate-change treaty looks bleak.
  • Instead, they're bought for public relations purposes, or on a bet that a new climate treaty will include forest preservation.
  • Among the reasons for disappointment are that it is not a legally binding treaty.
  • In theory, unless either nation could decisively show that it had settled the region, the treaty would be renewed.
  • The treaty has to be ratified by individual governments before it takes effect.
  • Engineers got busy building the dams and reservoirs needed to carry out the terms of the treaty.
  • History preserved our acequias for us through a treaty.
  • But the protocol was intended as a first step, and countries have been struggling to agree on a follow-up treaty ever since.
  • We are looking to have mediation added in the treaty language.
  • treaty change clearly entails further integration, something which the coalition has pledged not to accept.
British Dictionary definitions for treaty


noun (pl) -ties
  1. a formal agreement or contract between two or more states, such as an alliance or trade arrangement
  2. the document in which such a contract is written
any international agreement
any pact or agreement
an agreement between two parties concerning the purchase of property at a price privately agreed between them
(archaic) negotiation towards an agreement
(in Canada)
  1. any of the formal agreements between Indian bands and the federal government by which the Indians surrender their land rights in return for various forms of aid
  2. (as modifier): treaty Indians, treaty money
an obsolete word for entreaty
Derived Forms
treatyless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French traité, from Medieval Latin tractātus treaty, from Latin: discussion, from tractāre to manage; see treat
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Word Origin and History for treaty

late 14c., "treatment, discussion," from Old French traité "assembly, agreement, treaty," from Latin tractatus "discussion, handling," from tractare "to handle, manage" (see treat). Sense of "contract between nations" is first recorded early 15c.

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