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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.
1350-1400; Middle English trete < Anglo-French < Latin tractātus tractate
Related forms
nontreaty, noun, plural nontreaties. Unabridged
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  • The new sense of pragmatism seems to suggest that it is no use chasing after grand treaties.
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  • Strict treaties with deep cuts in emissions, monitoring and penalties will be required for all nations.
  • We need to stop reacting to everything this way, and come up with coherent police policies and treaties with other countries.
  • We make treaties with them, and therefore they are not subject to our jurisdiction.
  • Tribes cooperate only through carefully defined treaties and other conventions.
  • But all these plans and preparations, these treaties and covenants, will not of themselves be adequate.
  • In decision after decision, his administration tore at the web of arms control treaties that had grown up over four decades.
  • Kids create fantasy characters that interact with other characters from opposing villages to negotiate treaties or solve riddles.
  • To get on the white list, a dozen or so tax-information exchange treaties are needed.
British Dictionary definitions for treaties


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 treaties



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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