noun Etymology: Middle English tretis, from Anglo-French tretiz, alteration of tretez, traitet, from Medieval Latin tractatus, from Latin tractare to treat, handle Date: 14th century 1. a systematic exposition or argument in writing including a methodical discussion of the facts and principles involved and conclusions reached <
a treatise on higher education
2. obsolete account, tale

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