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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Treaty \Trea"ty\, noun; 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.

He cast by treaty and by trains Her to persuade. --Spenser.

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.

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

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


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