meeting of the minds

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meeting of the minds

n. when two parties to an agreement (contract) both have the same understanding of the terms of the agreement. Such mutual comprehension is essential to a valid contract. It is provable by the express provisions of a written contract, without reference to any statements or hidden thoughts outside the writing. There would not be a meeting of the minds if Bill Buyer said, "I'll buy all your stock," and he meant shares in a corporation, and Sam Seller said, "I'll sell all my stock to you," and meant his cattle. (See: contract)

meeting of the minds

noun accordance, common assent, compatibility, complete accord, compliance, concert, concord, concordance, concurrence, consensus, consentaneity, harmony, muuual understanding, rapport, unanimity, understanding, uniformity, unison, unity
Associated concepts: bilateral contract, rescission of an agreement
See also: agreement
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They also offered ample narrative exhibitions of consensus ad idem. But, of course, there was no firm ground in these arguments for any colonists unallied with the English court.
Though the concept of consensus is connected to the private law principle of "consensus ad idem"--total agreement about the meaning of a contract that gives it its legal force--the principle of consensus as used in the UNFCCC lacks clear definition (Cambridge Business English Dictionary, 1st ed.).
No matter, there was in their case a spiritual consensus ad idem.