trea·ty n pl treaties [Anglo-French treté, from Middle French traité, from Medieval Latin tractatus, from Latin, handling, treatment, from tractare to treat, handle]
1: the action of treating and esp. of negotiating
2: an agreement or arrangement made by negotiation: as
b: a contract in writing between two or more political authorities (as states or sovereigns) formally signed by representatives duly authorized and usu. ratified by the lawmaking authority of the state
the president...shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treatiesU.S. Constitution art. II compare executive agreement
3: a document embodying a negotiated agreement or contract
4: an agreement or contract (as between companies) providing for treaty reinsurance

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun accord, agreement, agreement between nations, alliance, armistice, arrangement, bargain, bond, cartel, charter, compact, concordance, concordat, contract, conventio, convention, covenant, deal, entente, formal contract, international compact, negotiation, pact, pactio, protocol, settlement, truce, understanding associated concepts: insurance treaty II index bargain, compact, league, mutual understanding, pact, peace, promise, protocol (agreement), stipulation

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A formal agreement between two or more nations concerning some matter of public welfare.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

an agreement. The word is usually used of an agreement between states in international law but also used of in the phrase private treaty in the sale of property between individuals.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

A pact between nations that, if entered into by the United States through its Executive Branch, must be approved by two-thirds of the Senate under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution. Presidents sometimes get around this requirement by entering into "Executive Agreements" with leaders of other countries; these are mutual understandings rather than enforceable treaties.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. An agreement or compact between two or more sovereign nations for the benefit of those nations. In the case of the United States, that agreement must address external interests of the country, as distinguished from those of a purely internal kind. The president of the United States has the sole power to make treaties with the advice and consent of the Senate. Individual states are prohibited from making treaties, and once a treaty is ratified by the Senate, it becomes binding on all of the states under the supremacy clause.
See also treaty clause.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A compact made between two or more independent nations with a view to the public welfare.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A compact made between two or more independent nations with a view to the public welfare.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   a pact between nations which, if entered into by the United States through its Executive Branch, must be approved by "two-thirds of the Senators present," under Article II, section 2 of the Constitution, to become effective. Presidents sometimes get around the Senate by entering into "Executive Agreements" with leaders of other countries which are a mode of cooperation and not enforceable treaties.

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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