bilateral contract
bilateral contract see contract

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

bilateral contract
index mutual understanding

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


bilateral contract
A contract in which both parties exchange promises to perform. Compare: unilateral contract
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


bilateral contract
An agreement formed by an exchange of a promise in which the promise of one party is consideration supporting the promise of the other party.

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


bilateral contract
An agreement formed by an exchange of a promise in which the promise of one party is consideration supporting the promise of the other party.

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

bilateral contract
n.
   an agreement in which the parties exchange promises for each to do something in the future. "Susette Seller promises to sell her house to Bobby Buyer and Buyer promises to pay Seller $100,000 for it." This is distinct from a "unilateral contract," in which there is a promise to pay if the other party chooses to do something. "I'll pay you $1,000 if you'll stop smoking." These are basically academic differences which are only important in the rare instance in which one person has acted in anticipation that the other will have obligations as well.
   See also: contract, unilateral contract

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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