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An agreement, treaty, or contract.

The term compact is most often applied to agreements among states or between nations on matters in which they have a common concern.

The Constitution contains the Compact Clause, which prohibits one state from entering into a compact with another state without the consent of Congress.


(Dense), adjective arranged within a small space, bunched, close, close-knit, close-set, close together, closely united, clustered, cohesive, compacted, compressed, concentrated, condensed, consolidated, constricted, contracted, crammed, crowded, densified, economiial of space, firm, firmly united, forced into smaller space, hard, massed, massive, packed, populous, pressed into smaller compass, pressed together, rammed, serried, solid, solidified, space saving, squeezed together, stuffed, thick, tight, tightly knit


(Pithy), adjective abbreviated, abbreviatory, abridged, abstracted, aphoristic, aphoristical, apothegmatic, apothegmatical, brief, compendious, concise, condensed, contracted, crisp, curt, digested, direct, epigrammatic, expressed concisely, gnomic, gnomical, laconic, meaty, outlined, pointed, recapitulated, sententious, short, shortened, shrunk, straightforward, succinct, summarized, summary, summed up, synoptic, telescoped, terse, tidy, to the point, trim


noun agreement, agreement between parries, arrangement, bargain, cartel, commitment, concord, concordat, contract, contractual obligation, contractual statement, convention, conventus, covenant, deal, entente, entente cordiale, indenture, mutual pledge, mutual promise, obligation, pact, pactio, pactum, pledge, promise, stipulation, treaty, understanding
Associated concepts: interstate compact
Foreign phrases: Pacta privata juri publico derogare non possunt.Private compacts cannot derogate from public right. Re, verbis, scripto, consensu, traditione, junctura vestes sumere pactasolent. Agreements usually take their clothing from the thing itself, from words, from writing, from consent, from delivery.
See also: abstract, adjustment, agreement, arrangement, attornment, bargain, brief, cartel, coadunate, composition, concentrate, conciliation, concise, concordance, conjoint, consensus, consolidate, consolidation, consortium, conspiracy, constrict, contract, corporate, covenant, crystallize, decrease, indenture, joint, league, mutual understanding, pact, pithy, pledge, populous, promise, protocol, reduce, sententious, specialty, stipulation, succinct, treaty, understanding, undertaking

COMPACT, contracts. In its more general sense, it signifies an agreement. In its strict sense, it imports a contract between parties, which creates obligations and rights capable of being enforced, and contemplated as such between the parties, in their distinct and independent characters. Story, Const. B. 3, c. 3; Rutherf. Inst. B. 2, c. 6, Sec. 1. 2. The constitution of the United States declares that "no state shall, without the consent of congress, enter into agreement or compact with another state, or with a foreign power." See 11 Pet: 1; 8 Wheat. 1 Bald. R. 60; 11 Pet. 185.

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The fact is that the Compact Clause was never intended, and, except for the milk price-fixing controversy currently before Congress, has never been used, as a vehicle for regional economic protectionism.
The farm aid measure recently approved by President Bush did not include an extension of the Compact.
These include membership in a ratified compact by July 1, 1986, or certification by a state's governor that the state will develop its own waste site; site selection for a new landfill in its compact or borders by Jan.
Similar to its big brother, Xperia Z3 Compact has been compatible with PlayStation 4 games using the installed Remote Play feature.
Resembling giant sequins, the compact discs are strung with clear lights along the front white wrought-iron fence and along a side fence at their residence in the 2500 block of West Avenue N, where the Warings moved seven years ago from Marina del Rey.
The proposed Compact, if approved by the member states, ratified by the Congress, and signed by the President, would establish a Compact Interstate Commission, composed of delegations from each state in the Compact region, with each delegation having one vote for the imposition of the assessment.
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact runs on the Android KitKat operating system and the Z1 Compact runs on the Android Jelly Bean operating system, which can be upgraded to the KitKat version.
In the months since, 10 more tribes, some of them under threat of federal action, have signed the Pala compact, which limits each tribe to 199 of the new machines but allows them to lease rights for unused machines to other tribes, up to a maximum of 990 for any tribe, with a statewide cap of 19,900.
Pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), the compact governs games which will be permitted on Indian lands within the state and rules under which the games are to be conducted.
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact comes with a comparatively bigger screen size of 4.
When Compact Video was sold to Four Media, at the time called ATS, Compact Video did not notify the union of the impending sale, union officials said.