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treaty

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a disarmament treaty/agreement
▪ There will be US-Russian talks on a new disarmament treaty.
a peace treaty/agreement/accord
▪ The formal signing of the peace agreement took place in Lisbon on May 31.
non-aggression pact/treaty/agreement etc
▪ The countries will come together next week to sign a new non-aggression treaty.
ratify a treaty/an agreement/a decision etc
▪ We hope that the republics will be willing to ratify the treaty.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
abm
▪ Such a system is banned by the ABM treaty.
▪ On the ABM treaty, the Soviets were adamant on a ten-year extension of compliance by both sides.
▪ Is not the United States trying to scrap the ABM treaty so that it can push on with its star wars programme?
▪ He instructed officials not to shut the door on eventual agreement with Clinton to modify the ABM treaty.
▪ The three other principal nuclear powers also cling to the ABM treaty, even though they are not parties to it.
ballistic
▪ He hopes to scrap the anti-#ballistic missile treaty, destabilising the world's nuclear equilibrium.
bilateral
▪ States form an interlocking network of bilateral and multilateral treaty relationships, which reinforces the interdependence that characterises contemporary international relations.
▪ The diplomatic channel was generally used, and few bilateral treaties dealt with the subject.
▪ Even bilateral treaties impinge upon non-parties: the distribution of values between two parties can rarely be contained within neatly drawn lines.
global
▪ Talks resumed in Geneva on Nov. 27, aimed at finalizing a new global treaty by the end of 1992.
▪ Next week he will appeal to the Senate to ratify a global treaty to ban chemical weapons.
▪ George Bush's decision to trash the Kyoto global warming treaty is appalling.
international
▪ If that magic number is reached, the deal becomes an international treaty.
▪ In 1909, a new international treaty established the amount of water that could be diverted from the Falls.
▪ To the devil with international treaties.
▪ These were the growth of organised and comprehensive diplomatic archives and the publication of the first great printed collections of international treaties.
▪ Addis Ababa asked Rome to respect an international treaty by revealing the location of stockpiles and helping to clear them.
▪ A range of international treaties makes governments, armed groups and the international community responsible for putting these rights into practice.
▪ Certain straits have been specifically designated as international waterways by treaty.
▪ However the vast numbers of international treaties alone makes such an expectation unrealistic.
maastricht
▪ True, the new treaty will not compare in scope with the 1992 Maastricht treaty, which launched the single currency.
▪ Wim Duisenberg insisted that the yardsticks laid down in the Maastricht treaty were all that mattered.
new
▪ True, the new treaty will not compare in scope with the 1992 Maastricht treaty, which launched the single currency.
▪ Paris must now stage-manage an intergovernmental conference leading to a new treaty.
▪ In 1909, a new international treaty established the amount of water that could be diverted from the Falls.
▪ Talks resumed in Geneva on Nov. 27, aimed at finalizing a new global treaty by the end of 1992.
▪ Over three, perhaps four difficult days they must put the finishing touches to a new treaty.
▪ The new treaties will define that role and extend it.
▪ Subsequently, perhaps in 418, perhaps in 419, a new treaty brought the Visigoths back to Aquitaine.
nuclear
▪ Would not an extension and strengthening of the nuclear test ban treaty be a means of helping the Soviet people?
▪ The President had given top priority to achieving a nuclear test-ban treaty and was despondent when he could not get it.
▪ The 1987 intermediate nuclear forces treaty eliminated all United States and Soviet ground-based intermediate range nuclear missiles.
private
▪ In effect this stage is equivalent to exchange of contracts in a sale by private treaty, with completion four weeks later.
■ NOUN
ban
▪ But it has refused to sign up to the comprehensive test ban treaty.
▪ Would not an extension and strengthening of the nuclear test ban treaty be a means of helping the Soviet people?
▪ We must also pursue a comprehensive test ban treaty.
cfe
▪ The CFE treaty provided for the destruction of around 40,000 tanks, artillery, helicopters and other equipment by 1995.
▪ The Tashkent agreement was then incorporated into the terms of the CFE treaty.
draft
▪ Will the Government veto a draft treaty Hon. Members Would you?
▪ Such measures were included in the December 1991 Maastricht draft treaty.
▪ It is our aim to do the same on the draft treaty on political union.
▪ He made it clear that at that point a judgement would be taken as to whether the draft treaty was acceptable or not.
▪ Luxembourg, the conference chair, has ignored these ideas in its draft treaty.
▪ The draft treaty of the Political Community, with 117 articles, was presented in Strasbourg on 10 March 1953.
friendship
▪ Included in the friendship treaty was a defence co-operation agreement, covering material provision for the armed forces and officer training.
missile
▪ He hopes to scrap the anti-ballistic missile treaty, destabilising the world's nuclear equilibrium.
obligation
▪ One analysis is that a party to the Protocol has agreed to accept some treaty obligations.
▪ Since these include the pacta tertiis rule, a precondition of Statehood can not be the acceptance of third party treaty obligations.
peace
▪ It could remain quietly in being at least until the peace treaties had been formally concluded.
▪ It is the first of several accords that are expected to culminate in a peace treaty to formally end the Chiapas conflict.
▪ Following parliamentary ratification, Chissano promulgated on Oct. 14 legislation approving the actual peace treaty as well as a general political amnesty.
▪ Abetted by her husband, she refused to countenance the renunciations which Henry was to make in the peace treaty.
▪ In the spring of 1950 decisions were reached in Washington that at last pointed the way forward towards a peace treaty.
■ VERB
agree
▪ One analysis is that a party to the Protocol has agreed to accept some treaty obligations.
▪ They agreed on a treaty with Chief Massasoit that lasted half a century.
▪ That is clearly understood by our partners and has been agreed in the treaty.
bind
▪ Thereafter they moved around the Balkans, sometimes in open war with the Romans, sometimes bound by treaty.
▪ The goal is to write a legally binding treaty that would be signed in December by as many countries as possible.
▪ The scope of that Article was to bind member States to treaties concluded by the organisation, not contracts under municipal law.
conclude
▪ Millett J. concluded that the treaty was a membership agreement, not one forming an agency relationship.
▪ As an alternative to this bloc policy Khrushchev offered to conclude treaties of non-aggression and friendship with the states concerned.
enter
▪ States are expected to ensure that they do not enter into conflicting treaty arrangements.
▪ Britain, like most other countries, has been entering treaties and alliances with other countries for hundreds of years.
▪ Individuals as third parties Individuals can not enter into treaties, although States may enter into them on their behalf.
▪ In the present context, the question is whether one State can enter into a treaty on behalf of another.
negotiate
▪ He negotiated a similar treaty with Tripoli in 1659.
▪ But he was also instructed to negotiate a treaty with Siam.
▪ There, in October, they negotiated a remarkable treaty, ending the ancient hostilities between the Blackfoot and the Nez Perce.
▪ Fast-track authority allows the administration to negotiate a trade treaty without any additions or deletions by Congress.
▪ Albright was to have breakfast Saturday morning with former President George Bush, who helped to negotiate the treaty.
ratify
▪ We hope that the republics will be willing to ratify the treaty and implement its terms.
▪ The Senate ratified the treaty in 1854.
▪ On 28 August, he ratified the Greenwich treaties.
▪ The parliaments of both countries were due to ratify the treaty by the end of February 1991.
▪ Next week he will appeal to the Senate to ratify a global treaty to ban chemical weapons.
▪ Any state attempting to join later would have to ratify the treaty first-usually a long process.
▪ But Mr Hurd said that the amendment would have no effect and that the Government would ratify the treaty anyway.
reject
▪ But the 11,000 island voters have rejected the treaty in six referendums since 1983.
sign
▪ The Prime Minister says that signing the treaty is merely taking an option on the right to join.
▪ Another non-solution is to sign a treaty and then forget about it in a few years or declare it impossible to achieve.
▪ Mr Mori said sanctions could not be lifted unless both sides signed the treaty.
▪ On 24 November 1682 she signed a treaty along the lines dictated by her protector.
▪ I want to sign the final treaty in Moscow ... when?
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
broker a deal/settlement/treaty etc
▪ The tradable permit approach has launched a new industry that brokers deals between firms.
conclude an agreement/treaty/contract etc
▪ As an alternative to this bloc policy Khrushchev offered to conclude treaties of non-aggression and friendship with the states concerned.
▪ States which did not consider a customs union to be necessary could conclude agreements with the customs union on a free-trade zone.
sign an agreement/contract/treaty etc
▪ Clients sign contracts to become participants and agree to adhere to a rigorous schedule.
▪ It took more than a month to find and sign a contract with another company to complete the remaining work.
▪ Kiptanui rushed off, saying he was going to make Kimeli sign a contract.
▪ Paup had wanted to sign a contract extension with Green Bay during the 1994 season, but the Packers never approached him.
▪ Pre-season David Campese signed a contract with commercial broadcaster Channel Ten.
▪ The lead police detective signed a contract with a television movie production company.
▪ You must stop your ears whenever you are asked to sign a treaty selling your home.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ After months of negotiations, he eventually persuaded them to sign a peace treaty.
▪ Some countries are still refusing to sign a treaty banning chemical weapons.
▪ The Treaty of Versailles ended the First World War.
▪ The Soviet Union and the U.S. signed a treaty reducing long-range missiles.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Few of the people we asked either understood the treaty or favoured a ballot.
▪ Important as that fact was, it had little effect on Chinauntil later, when one-sided treaties began to be imposed.
▪ Mr Hurd said the amendment would have no effect and that the Government would ratify the treaty anyway.
▪ One analysis is that a party to the Protocol has agreed to accept some treaty obligations.
▪ Pages 37831-35 include extracts from the key treaties on unification.
▪ The treaties covered bilateral protection and promotion of investments, penal cooperation, cultural exchanges and customs cooperation, officials said.
▪ There are no provisions in the treaty that would exclude them from taking part in it.
▪ This justifies any discrepancy with the rigid treaty rule in favour of extending the rights and obligations under the treaties.
Wikipedia

Treaty

A treaty is an agreement under international law entered into by actors in international law, namely sovereign states and international organizations. A treaty may also be known as an (international) agreement, protocol, covenant, convention, pact, or exchange of letters, among other terms. Regardless of terminology, all of these forms of agreements are, under international law, equally considered treaties and the rules are the same.

Treaties can be loosely compared to contracts: both are means of willing parties assuming obligations among themselves, and a party to either that fails to live up to their obligations can be held liable under international law.

Treaty (song)

"Treaty" is a song by Australian indigenous music band Yothu Yindi, which is made up of Aboriginal and balanda (non-Aboriginal) members. Released in June 1991, "Treaty" peaked at No. 11 on the ARIA Singles Chart in September. "Treaty" was the first song by a predominately-Aboriginal band to chart in Australia and was the first song in any Aboriginal Australian language (Yolngu-Matha) to gain extensive international recognition, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play singles charts.

In May 2001 "Treaty" was selected by Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time.

In 2009 'Treaty' was added to the National Film and Sound Archive's Sounds of Australia registry.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Treaty

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.

    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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

treaty

late 14c., "treatment, discussion," from Anglo-French treté, Old French traitié "assembly, agreement, dealings," from Latin tractatus "discussion, handling, management," from tractare "to handle, manage" (see treat (v.)). Sense of "contract or league between nations or sovereigns" is first recorded early 15c.

Wiktionary

treaty

n. 1 (context international law English) A binding agreement concluded by subjects of international law, namely states and international organizations. 2 A formal agreement between two or more states.

WordNet

treaty

n. a written agreement between two states or sovereigns [syn: pact, accord]

Usage examples of "treaty".

He still kept his army in Spain, and this proceeding determined Portugal to accede to some slight alterations in the first treaty.

This case involved the validity of an act of Congress directing the judge of the territorial court of Florida to examine and adjudge claims of Spanish subjects against the United States and to report his decisions with evidence thereon to the Secretary of the Treasury who in turn was to pay the award to the claimant if satisfied that the decisions were just and within the terms of the treaty of cession.

Jamie had planned on visits only to the two Cherokee villages closest to the Treaty Line, there to announce his new position, distribute modest gifts of whisky and tobaccothis last hastily borrowed from Tom Christie, who had fortunately purchased a hogshead of the weed on a seed-buying trip to Cross Creekand inform the Cherokee that further largesse might be expected when he undertook ambassage to the more distant villages in the autumn.

The weaker candidate solicited the protection of Justinian, and ambitiously subscribed a treaty of alliance, which deeply wounded the independence and happiness of his country.

In 1832, a treaty, bearing date the 20th of April, was executed between the British government in India and Meermoorad Ali, who at that time was the principal Ameer of Scinde, in which a bond of friendship was entered into, and mutual commerce was agreed upon.

Shere Mahomed, Ameer of Meerpore, on his own application was allowed, on the payment of half a lac of rupees yearly, to participate in the treaty granted to the Ameers of Hyderabad.

The speech also informed the house that her majesty had ordered the return of her minister to the court of Persia, and announced that the differences which had arisen between Spain and Portugal about the execution of a treaty concluded by those powers in 1835, for regulating the navigation of the Douro had been amicably adjusted.

During this year Sir Henry Pottinger issued a proclamation, in which he announced that the ratification of the treaty, mentioned in the last chapter, between Great Britain and China had been exchanged, and that he had concluded with the Chinese high commissioner, Keying, a commercial treaty and tariff.

The executive department having thus elected to waive any right to free itself from the obligation to deliver up its own citizens, it is the plain duty of this court to recognize the obligation to surrender the appellant as one imposed by the treaty as the supreme law of the land as affording authority for the warrant of extradition.

Senate has approved treaties providing for the submission of specific matters to arbitration, leaving it to the President to determine exactly the form and scope of the matter to be arbitrated and to appoint the arbitrators.

Court sustained the act conferring powers on the Florida territorial court to examine claims arising under the Spanish treaty and to report his decisions and the evidence on which they were based to the Secretary of the Treasury for subsequent action.

In 1793 the Supreme Court refused to grant the request of President Washington and Secretary of State Jefferson to construe the treaties and laws of the United States pertaining to questions of international law arising out of the wars of the French Revolution.

Although the King of Prussia had been the first of all the coalition to assail republican France, yet, in the spring of this year, he concluded a separate treaty with its democratic rulers.

What astonished the most acute was that this wonderful treaty was conceived and carried out by a young ambassador who had hitherto been famed only as a wit.

Few of you here will know this, but Atheling Radgar played a vital role in the negotiation of the treaty, although he was only a child at the time.