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Understanding

A general term referring to an agreement, either express or implied, written or oral.

The term understanding is an ambiguous one; in order to determine whether a particular understanding would constitute a contract that is legally binding on the parties involved, the circumstances must be examined to discover whether a meeting of the minds and an intent to be bound occurred.

Cross-references

Meeting of Minds.

understanding

(Agreement), noun accord, alliance, arrangement, common view, compact, compliance, concord, concordance, congruence, contract, cooperation, covenant, harmony, meeting of minds, mutual pledge, pact, rapport, unanimity
Associated concepts: express understanding, understanding of the parties
Foreign phrases: Conventio facit legem.An agreement creetes the law, i.e. the parties to a binding contract will be held to their promises.

understanding

(Comprehension), noun apprehension, assimilation, awareness, conception, discernment, grasp, ingenium, insight, intelligence, mens, mental ability, perception, power to underrtand, prehension, realization, reason, recognition, sense, wisdom
Associated concepts: intent, want of understanding
Foreign phrases: Sermones semper accipiendi sunt seeundum subjectam materiam, et conditionem personnrum.Language is always to be understood according to its subject matter and the condition of the person. Probationes debent esse evidentes, id est, perspicuae et faciles intelligi. Proofs ought to be evident, that is, clear and easily understood. Quod tacite intelligitur deesse non videtur. What is tacitly understood does not appear to be wanting.

understanding

(Tolerance), noun acceptance, benevolence, charitableness, compassion, consideration, empathy, good will, humanity, kindliness, lack of prejudice, mercy, patience, sensitivity, sufferance, sympathy, toleration
See also: accord, accordance, adjustment, agreement, apprehension, attornment, bargain, belief, benevolence, benevolent, caliber, charitable, cognition, cognizant, common sense, compact, comprehension, concept, conciliation, concordance, conscious, consideration, consortium, construction, contract, conviction, covenant, deal, discerning, discernment, discrimination, estimate, experience, feeling, humanity, idea, inference, information, insight, intellect, intelligence, judgment, juridical, knowing, knowledge, league, lenience, lenient, longanimity, notion, omniscient, option, pact, patient, perception, perceptive, perspicacious, persuasion, placable, policy, promise, protocol, provision, quid pro quo, rapport, rapprochement, rational, realization, reason, receptive, reconciliation, sagacity, sane, sanity, scienter, sense, sensible, sensitive, settlement, specialty, stipulation, term, tolerance, treaty, vicarious
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As for the setup: Just-graduated Jim (Jason Biggs) proposes to his band- camp-trained soul mate Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) under, of course, the most embarrassing circumstances imaginable, with Jim's Dad (Eugene Levy) there to understandingly witness the whole atrocity.
See Letter from John Marshall to William Paterson, April 19, 1802, in 6 THE PAPERS OF JOHN MARSHALL, supra note 31, at 108-09 ("It having now become apparent that there will be no session of the supreme court of the United States holden in June next & that we shall be directed to ride the circuits, before we can consult on the course proper to be taken by us, it appears to me proper that the Judges should communicate their sentiment on this subject to each that they may act understandingly & in the same manner.
I have, I think, been very understandingly treated.
He converses rapidly in hushed whispers close to Theo's face in native tongue while Theo nods understandingly and makes involuntary gestures with his right hand.
It's the same old story: boy meets girl over the coffee machine, coy looks are exchanged over the photocopier, love blossoms, e-mails fly, productivity increases and colleagues smile understandingly at the happy couple .
This section of the volume unfortunately contains a fair sprinkling of typos (`beseiged'/`Jonathon Sumption'/`Jean de Beuil' [sic]) and several blemishes of style (`thunders blandishments', `pry open', `looks understandingly aside at a well-conducted love affair') but this in no way detracts from Kaeuper's unquestioned scholarship and infectious enthusiasm.
Andrea Murray smiles understandingly as dozens of stunning women swarm around her boyfriend.
Blumenthal, who had offered the cigarette, lowered his hand and smiled understandingly.
Wolfson thirty years before Dillon(26) that, "By the time of Philo the vocabulary of men dealing with philosophic or religious topics was a mosaic of terms derived from all kinds of opposite schools of thought, but molded by their users, if they used them understandingly, to a common, consistent meaning.
Henry Swain smiled understandingly and did not chide me about the steer.
they ask understandingly, sympathetically, condescendingly, Have you become wiser then?
These were the very Sales-ready prospects Sales Forces were understandingly interested in, and in which they invested more than 80% of their time and efforts following up on.