Definitions for: Treaty


[n] a written agreement between two states or sovereigns



Webster (1913) Definition: Trea"ty, n.; pl. Treaties. [OE. tretee, F. trait['e],
LL. tractatus; cf. L. tractatus a handling, treatment,
consultation, tractate. See Treat, and cf. Tractate.]
1. The act of treating for the adjustment of differences, as
for forming an agreement; negotiation. ``By sly and wise
treaty.'' --Chaucer.

He cast by treaty and by trains Her to persuade.
--Spenser.

2. 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; as, a treaty of peace; a treaty
of alliance.

3. A proposal tending to an agreement. [Obs.] --Shak.

4. A treatise; a tract. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.

Synonyms: accord, pact

See Also: alliance, convention, pacification, peace, peace treaty, SALT I, SALT II, Treaty of Versailles, written agreement

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