One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A formal agreement between individuals or parties.
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- ‘The main obstacle for all of the nationalist parties remains the preamble to the current pact.’
- ‘All constitutional parties opposed to the pact were unionist, and they had no such difficulty in uniting.’
- ‘The pact provided for a disarmament process to be supervised by regional peace monitors.’
- ‘In this instance, private organizations negotiated and signed pacts on behalf of the governments of both sides, the report said.’
- ‘Oblivious, the party bosses clung on, negotiating pacts and deals, blocking any new ideas or initiatives.’
- ‘For the time being at least, all three leaders ruled out any kind of formal political pacts and said there would have to be greater discussion between the parties.’
- ‘They should not have interrupted the Assembly's business as it dealt with the trade pact.’
- ‘But formal pacts are much rarer in by-election campaigns.’
- ‘The meeting was the first since the creation of the pact to be attended by the head of the government.’
- ‘Besides, global trade pacts enjoin member states to bring down tariff walls.’
- ‘The idea of union pacts and solidarity arrangements between unions is an idea as old as the union movement itself.’
- ‘Union officials justified the pacts on the ground that the alternative was the elimination of the entire union contract.’
- ‘Traditionally, the Congress has eschewed formal, pre-poll pacts.’
- ‘But it also includes a push for tougher enforcement of trade pacts, including an assault on dumping and export subsidies.’
- ‘But how did that fit in with the political pacts that were being elaborated in Ceylon?’
- ‘It was more than just a pact of convenience over elections or some specific campaign.’
- ‘If free trade were the only purpose of these trade pacts, the agreements could be written on a few sheets of paper.’
- ‘Parties form little pacts to suit themselves - pacts of convenience.’
- ‘The main focus of these proposals is eradication pacts with community or individual growers.’
- ‘There are no recognized oaths, contracts, or pacts that apply to friends, as there are for family members.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin pactum ‘something agreed’, neuter past participle (used as a noun) of paciscere ‘agree’.
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