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treaty

[tree-tee] /ˈtri ti/
noun, plural treaties.
1.
a formal agreement between two or more states in reference to peace, alliance, commerce, or other international relations.
2.
the formal document embodying such an international agreement.
3.
any agreement or compact.
Origin of treaty
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English trete < Anglo-French < Latin tractātus tractate
Related forms
nontreaty, noun, plural nontreaties.
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treaty

/ˈtriːtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
  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
2.
any international agreement
3.
any pact or agreement
4.
an agreement between two parties concerning the purchase of property at a price privately agreed between them
5.
(archaic) negotiation towards an agreement
6.
(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
7.
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
n.

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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