Treaty Trea"ty, n.; pl. {Treaties}. [OE. tretee, F. trait['e], LL. tractatus; cf. L. tractatus a handling, treatment, consultation, tractate. See {Treat}, and cf. {Tractate}.] 1. The act of treating for the adjustment of differences, as for forming an agreement; negotiation. ``By sly and wise treaty.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

He cast by treaty and by trains Her to persuade. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

3. A proposal tending to an agreement. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. A treatise; a tract. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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