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Princeton's WordNet

  1. social contract(noun)

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


  1. social contract(Noun)

    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.


  1. Social contract

    In political philosophy the social contract or political contract is a theory or model, originating during the Age of Enlightenment, that typically addresses the questions of the origin of society and the legitimacy of the authority of the state over the individual. Social contract arguments typically posit that individuals have consented, either explicitly or tacitly, to surrender some of their freedoms and submit to the authority of the ruler or magistrate, in exchange for protection of their remaining rights. The question of the relation between natural and legal rights, therefore, is often an aspect of social contract theory. The Social Contract, created by Jean Jacques Rousseau was a book about government reforms and how it should change to suit the people instead of the government. Although the antecedents of social contract theory are found in antiquity, in Greek and Stoic philosophy and Roman and Canon Law, as well as in the Biblical idea of the covenant, the heyday of the social contract was the mid-17th to early 19th centuries, when it emerged as the leading doctrine of political legitimacy. The starting point for most social contract theories is a heuristic examination of the human condition absent from any political order that Thomas Hobbes termed the “state of nature”. In this condition, individuals' actions are bound only by their personal power and conscience. From this shared starting point, social contract theorists seek to demonstrate, in different ways, why a rational individual would voluntarily consent to give up his or her natural freedom to obtain the benefits of political order.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of social contract in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of social contract in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Academic Auktor:

    Developmental State in the 21st Century – Calling for a New Social Contract.

  2. Diego Benavides:

    We extended the social contract that we have with the community until 2018, fortunately, the stoppage did not impact our output and there was no damage to the mine.

  3. Hakan Altinay:

    Too many of the attacks against The HDP are not investigated, the social contract has been broken. . ( And this is) key to( the Kurdish) sense of alienation. If you carry on that way the social fabric unravels.

  4. Sebastian Strangio:

    This populist strategy merely reproduces an old pattern in Cambodian politics, which is that improvements in people's lives are treated as a blessing from the powerful, rather than as part of a democratic social contract.

  5. Ellen Goodman:

    All in all, I am not surprised that the people who want to unravel the social contract start with young adults. Those who are urged to feel afraid, very afraid, have both the greatest sense of independence and the most finely honed skepticism about government.

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