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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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Compacts formed for the purpose of providing regional and national legal channels for intergovernmental action require a more formal governing structure.
But in addition to the financial components of the compacts - the state will earn up to 25 percent of each tribe's net winnings from slot machines and card games - the environmental, regulatory and law enforcement provisions are far more stringent than anything a California tribe has accepted thus far.
Political obstacles typically arise during each step, even for relatively simple compacts established or proposed in the past, and may become an insurmountable obstacle.
An even greater disservice to consumers would be the extension of the Compact to other states in the Northeast and the creation of new compacts in other regions of the country.
9) It summarily rejected the continued validity of the Northwest Ordinance and the Virginia Compact, it ignored or misinterpreted more than 200 years of Duty of Tonnage Clause, Supremacy Clause and Commerce Clause jurisprudence, and it declared that interstate river traffic is fair game for the State's tax collector.
The principal purpose of this research is to examine the frequency of utilization and the usefulness of interstate compacts as a contemporary instrument of intergovernmental relations.
The new law would not only ratify seven previously agreed-upon state compacts, but also provide that:
The L'Oreal Paris Red Carpet Compact is 18K yellow gold with 90 round, brilliant-cut Kwiat diamonds set in 18K white gold to create the look of a ribbon.
If the administration agrees to a compact for 50 years or longer that raises the cap on the number of slot machines allowed in tribal casinos and permits the addition of high-stakes games like craps and roulette, then some tribes might be willing to pay even more than 15 percent of their annual gaming revenue to the state.
Interstate compacts can be defined as "agreements between two or more states, entered into for the purpose of dealing with a problem that transcends state lines.
Underscoring their continuing commitment to affordable energy and customer service, the Cape Light Compact and ConEdison Solutions are pleased to announce that electricity prices for Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard residential and commercial consumers are going down 10% to 13% from the rates in effect in January 2006.
In 1986, the United States entered into a Compact of Free Association (Compact) that provided about $2.