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social contract


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

  • n. An agreement among the members of an organized society or between the governed and the government defining and limiting the rights and duties of each.

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  • n. An implicit agreement or contract among members of a society that dictates things such as submission of individuals to rule of law and acceptable conduct.

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

  • n. an implicit agreement among people that results in the organization of society; individual surrenders liberty in return for protection


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  • In so far he differs from the theorizers and utopians of his day and of a later age, who had no hesitation in drafting laws for man in the abstract or for a humanity freed from all spatial and temporal determinations, and who took as the basis of their deductions either the idea of a social contract in primitive times, or of a state of nature which had to be developed or restored.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • DePaul sociologist Deena Weinstein follows Sanneh, and she compares the social contract within a working rock band to the fictionalized existence of the jackalope.

    I, Rock Chump


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