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

  • n. A formal agreement between two or more states, as in reference to terms of peace or trade.
  • n. The document in which such an agreement is set down.
  • n. A contract or agreement.
  • n. Obsolete Negotiation for the purpose of reaching an agreement.
  • n. Obsolete An entreaty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A binding agreement under international law concluded by subjects of international law, namely states and international organizations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of treating for the adjustment of differences, as for forming an agreement; negotiation.
  • n. 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
  • n. A proposal tending to an agreement.
  • n. A treatise; a tract.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A discourse; account; document; treatise.
  • n. The act of treating or handling; conduct; management; treatment; negotiation; discussion; diplomacy.
  • n. An agreement; a compact; specifically, a league or contract between two or more nations or sovereigns, in modern usage formally signed by commissioners properly authorized, and solemnly ratified by the several sovereigns or the supreme power of each state.
  • n. An entreaty.

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

  • n. a written agreement between two states or sovereigns


Middle English tretee, from Old French traite, from Latin tractātus, discussion, from past participle of tractāre, to drag about, deal with; see treat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French traité, from Latin tractatus, from tractare. (Wiktionary)


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  • "As to Mr Oswald's offer to make an acknowledgment of our independence the first article of our treaty, and your Excellency's remark, that it is sufficient, and that _we are not to expect the effect before the cause_, permit us to observe, that by the _cause_, we suppose, is intended the _treaty_, and by the _effect_, an acknowledgment of our independence.

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  • This treaty is an intelligent, appropriate and moves humanity in the right direction.

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  • The document seemed long, and in fact, as I understood it, there were three documents -- one which they called the treaty, and two others they called "conventions."

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  • European Union leaders met yesterday and European Union Council president Herman Van Rompuy said in a statement after the meeting that 25 out of 27 member states approved a fiscal compact for the region which he described as a "treaty on stability and convergence". - Software Industry News


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