A concordat is an agreement between parties, especially between nations or between a church and a nation. A concordat is official, written, and signed.

When there is concord, there is agreement. That can help you remember that a concordat is a type of agreement between two or more parties. The earliest concordats were between the Roman Catholic Church and various governments, but a concordat can exist between any two entities, including two nations. When there's a concordat, the parties sign a contract and agree to do something. A treaty is a type of concordat.

Definitions of concordat

n a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action

compact, covenant
Lateran Treaty
the agreement signed in the Lateran Palace in 1929 by Italy and the Holy See which recognized the Vatican City as a sovereign and independent papal state
Type of:
written agreement
a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties

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