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Compact

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.

compact

(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

compact

(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

compact

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.

References in classic literature ?
May not a more compact and advantageous position turn the scale on the same side, against a superior number so situated as to be less capable of a prompt and collected exertion of its strength?
On what principle the Confederation, which stands in the solemn form of a compact among the States, can be superseded without the unanimous consent of the parties to it?
PERHAPS, also, an answer may be found without searching beyond the principles of the compact itself.
Pierre glanced round at the first cloud, which he had seen as a round compact ball, and in its place already were balloons of smoke floating to one side, and- "puff" (with a pause)- "puff, puff
It is strong, compact, and sometimes powerful, but it entirely lacks imaginative poetic beauty--it is really only rhythmical prose, though sometimes suffused with passion.
This compact invariably broke down, and all the young ladies went to sleep very soon, and got up very early.
Helena Landless, having been a party to her brother's revelation about Rosa, and having entered into that compact of silence with Mr.
I have acted for myself; and if I have forwarded our compact with all the ardour even you could have desired, I have done so selfishly, indeed.
I curse the compact, as you call it, with my whole heart and soul,' returned the other.
They have descended a gentle slope, and enter upon a level, as compact and dry as a solid block of marble, two miles long.
There; now we look compact and comfortable, as the father said ven he cut his little boy's head off, to cure him o' squintin'.
4 Zimmerman and Wendell, The Law and Use of Interstate Compacts, The Council of State Governments, 1976.