Definition of treaty in English:


nounPlural treaties

  • A formally concluded and ratified agreement between states.

    ‘the two Presidents signed a ten-year treaty of solidarity’
    • ‘He's already promised to hold a referendum on the treaty if his party is elected.’
    • ‘Germany, which has ratified the treaty in parliament, also wants to see it survive.’
    • ‘It is not the treaty but the statute which forms part of English law.’
    • ‘The two leaders agreed in September to continue efforts to conclude the treaty by the end of the year.’
    • ‘He left the rich countries free to strike individual treaties with their weaker trading partners.’
    • ‘So I asked Justice Kirby his view about international human rights covenants and treaties.’
    • ‘The same is true of treaties and other international agreements, and it is only fair.’
    • ‘The treaty is very clear; the treaty must be ratified by the last day of December next year.’
    • ‘Now, the Convention on the Rights of the Child is a treaty that Australia is a party to.’
    • ‘The prince represents Monaco in its foreign relations and signs and ratifies treaties.’
    • ‘At that time there was no extradition treaty between this country and Bulgaria.’
    • ‘Would we not have to look to the treaty or convention upon which the legislation is based?’
    • ‘The biggest nightmare of parties to these treaties is that a treaty partner will sign up but cheat.’
    • ‘Doing so would smash parliament's claim to ratify or reject treaties.’
    • ‘We have also mentioned a number of treaties providing for grounds of jurisdiction over international crimes.’
    • ‘The terms of the treaty are presumed to have the same meaning in each authentic text.’
    • ‘Technically, as all 25 member states must ratify the treaty for it to take effect, it is dead.’
    • ‘There religious rights continued to be governed by international law, the treaty of Westphalia.’
    • ‘This is an International treaty ratified by all the people on this island and there is no other show in town.’
    • ‘On this basis, therefore, I propose that you should agree to give treaties precedence over later statutes.’
    agreement, settlement, pact, deal, entente, concordat, accord, concord, protocol, compact, convention, contract, covenant, bargain, pledge
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Late Middle English: from Old French traite, from Latin tractatus ‘treatise’ (see tractate).