noun (plural treaties) Etymology: Middle English trete, from Anglo-French treté, from past participle of treter to discuss, treat Date: 14th century 1. the action of treating and especially of negotiating 2. a. an agreement or arrangement made by negotiation: (1) private treaty (2) a contract in writing between two or more political authorities (as states or sovereigns) formally signed by representatives duly authorized and usually ratified by the lawmaking authority of the state b. a document in which such a contract is set down

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