pact

A pact is a treaty or other agreement between parties, and it's usually written. Countries can have pacts or you can make a pact with your friends, promising each other that you'll all show up for the spelling bee.

A pact is a formal agreement. The 1955 Warsaw Pact, for instance, was Eastern Europe's answer to NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), with communist countries pledging mutual aid in case of foreign aggression. You may also come across the word compact, which is pretty much the same as a pact. The word pact comes from the Latin pactum, meaning "something agreed upon." In Roman times, one kind of pact was the marriage pact you signed when you got married.

Definitions of pact
  1. noun
    a written agreement between two states or sovereigns
    synonyms: accord, treaty
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    North Atlantic Treaty
    the treaty signed in 1949 by 12 countries that established NATO
    SALT I
    the first treaty between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics resulting from the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
    SALT II
    the second treaty between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics resulting from the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
    Peace of Westphalia
    the peace treaty that ended the Thirty Years' War in 1648
    Chemical Weapons Convention
    a global treaty banning the production or acquisition or stockpiling or transfer or use of chemical weapons
    Geneva Convention
    an agreement first drawn up in Geneva in 1864 and later revised concerning the treatment of captured and wounded military personnel and civilians in wartime
    Treaty of Versailles
    the treaty imposed on Germany by the Allied powers in 1920 after the end of World War I which demanded exorbitant reparations from the Germans
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    alliance
    a formal agreement establishing an association or alliance between nations or other groups to achieve a particular aim
    commercial treaty
    a treaty governing commerce between two or more nations
    pacification, peace, peace treaty
    a treaty to cease hostilities
    convention
    (diplomacy) an international agreement
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    written agreement
    a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties
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