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Terms / Themes
see also Social Contract
Oxford English Dictionary
1a. A mutual agreement between two or more parties
that something shall be done or forborne by one or both; a compact,
covenant, bargain; esp. such as has
legal effects (see
a convention between states.
esp. A business agreement for the supply of
certain articles or the performance of specified work at a certain price,
rate, or commission.
‘A writing in which the terms of a bargain are included’ (Johnson).
spec. as to marriage. a.
The act whereby two persons take each other in marriage.