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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Buenger, Interstate Compacts (2004) at 2, Council of State Governments, National Center for Interstate Compacts < Buenger-InterstateCompacts-2004.pdf> [hereinafter Interstate Compacts].
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There was no question that in order for the state to participate in the Compact, requisite enabling legislation would have to be passed by the state legislature.
The compacts were designed, as Justice Stephen Breyer noted during oral arguments in the case, "to solve a political problem," that being that, while it is "necessary for the country to store low-level radioactive waste ...
Few compacts were made during World War II but a final flowering of the compact took place in the late '40s and early '50s, which is when the compact shown here dates from.
The MCC budget request for FY 2009 is based on an estimate of the funds needed to conclude MCC Compacts with currently eligible countries that will be ready to enter into Compacts.
Compacts need to have a shared sense of strategic imperatives that balance individual autonomy with the medical group's best interest.
Compacts formed for the purpose of providing regional and national legal channels for intergovernmental action require a more formal governing structure.
Maskinfabrikken RUNI ApS in Den mark showed an unusual machine and service for users of EPS boxes like fish packers and canneries to help them compact their foam waste for recycling or disposal.
Roosevelt in 1939 vetoed a bill granting consent-in-advance to states to enter into compacts relating to Atlantic Ocean fishing on the ground that their provisions were too general.