What does treaty mean?

Definitions for treaty
ˈtri titreaty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. treaty, pact, accordnoun

    a written agreement between two states or sovereigns


  1. treatynoun

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

  2. Etymology: From traité, from tractatus, from tractare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Treatynoun

    Etymology: traité, Fr.

    She began a treaty to procure;
    And stablish terms betwixt both their requests. Fa. Qu.

    A peace was concluded, being rather a bargain than a treaty. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Let fall the guiltless weapon from his hand,
    And with the vest a peaceful treaty makes. Joseph Addison, Ovid.

    He cast by treaty and by trains
    Her to persuade. Edmund Spenser.

    I must
    To the young man send humble treaties, doge,
    And palter in the shift of lowness. William Shakespeare.


  1. Treaty

    A treaty is a formal, legally binding written agreement between actors in international law. It is usually made by and between sovereign states, but can include international organizations, individuals, business entities, and other legal persons. A treaty may also be known as an international agreement, protocol, covenant, convention, pact, or exchange of letters, among other terms. However, only documents that are legally binding on the parties are considered treaties under international law. Treaties vary on the basis of obligations (the extent to which states are bound to the rules), precision (the extent to which the rules are unambiguous), and delegation (the extent to which third parties have authority to interpret, apply and make rules).Treaties are among the earliest manifestations of international relations, with the first known example being a border agreement between the Sumerian city-states of Lagash and Umma around 3100 BC. International agreements were used in some form by most major civilizations, growing in both sophistication and number during the early modern era. The early 19th century saw developments in diplomacy, foreign policy, and international law reflected by the widespread use of treaties. The 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties codified these practices, setting forth guidelines and rules for creating, amending, interpreting, and terminating treaties and for resolving disputes and alleged breaches.Treaties are roughly analogous to contracts in that they establish the rights and binding obligations of the parties. They vary significantly in form, substance, and complexity and govern a wide variety of matters, such as security, trade, environment, and human rights. Treaties may be bilateral (between two countries) or multilateral (involving more than two countries). They may also be used to establish international institutions, such as the International Criminal Court and the United Nations, for which they often provide a governing framework. Treaties serve as primary sources of international law and have codified or established most international legal principles since the early 20th century.Notwithstanding the Law of Treaties and customary international law, treaties are not required to follow any standard form. Nevertheless, all valid treaties must comply with the legal principle of pacta sunt servanda (Latin: "agreements must be kept"), under which parties are committed to perform their duties and honor their agreements in good faith. A treaty may also be invalidated, and thus rendered unenforceable, if it violates a preemptory norm (jus cogens), such as permitting a war of aggression or crimes against humanity.


  1. treaty

    A treaty is a formal, legally binding agreement between two or more countries or international entities. It typically discusses matters of peace, trade, defense, territory, or other issues of mutual concern. These documents are often written and ratified following negotiations, and their violations can lead to serious international penalties.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Treatynoun

    the act of treating for the adjustment of differences, as for forming an agreement; negotiation

  2. Treatynoun

    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; as, a treaty of peace; a treaty of alliance

  3. Treatynoun

    a proposal tending to an agreement

  4. Treatynoun

    a treatise; a tract


  1. Treaty

    A treaty is an express agreement under international law entered into by actors in international law, namely sovereign states and international organizations. A treaty may also be known as an agreement, protocol, covenant, contract,convention, pact, or exchange of letters, among other terms. Regardless of terminology, all of these forms of agreements are, under international law, equally considered treaties and the rules are the same. Treaties can be loosely compared to contracts: both are means of willing parties assuming obligations among themselves, and a party to either that fails to live up to their obligations can be held liable under international law.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. treaty

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. treaty

    A form of official agreement cocreated by a number of unity government through discussion, approved in legislation and ratified into the legislation of the relevant member countries that have signed the agreement

    The peace treaty is agreed between the countries and is ratified easily and efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 29, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'treaty' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2015

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'treaty' in Nouns Frequency: #819

Anagrams for treaty »

  1. yatter

  2. attery

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of treaty in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of treaty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of treaty in a Sentence

  1. Ray Attrill:

    If there appears to be a genuine intent on both sides to use this summit as a platform for a serious negotiation of a peace treaty, I guess that's what success would look like today, nobody is expecting a peace treaty today, that is being overly optimistic. But if this turns out to be a complete failure there might be some implications for risk assets.

  2. Pedro Cruz Villalon:

    The OMT (Outright Monetary Transactions) program ... falls within the monetary policy for which the (EU) Treaty makes the ECB responsible.

  3. Jonathan Franks:

    The Council of Europe treaty, also known as a prisoner of transfer treaty, is not an acceptable remedy here for the family, that would involve Ridge coming home in custody, going to federal prison, waiting some period of months for the sentencing commission to act, and affix a charge and a sentence to the foreign offense, which would leave him a felon in his own country, for something that would never have been charged in this country and that's unacceptable.

  4. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond:

    The advice we're getting is that we will need Treaty change.

  5. Chrystia Freeland:

    Our government has been clear that we are a rule-of-law country and that we honor our extradition treaty commitments. That is what we need to do and that is what we will do.

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