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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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He accomplishes this by applying three criteria to decide which philosophers Rousseau followed and deviated from when he wrote the Social Contract, and those subsequent philosophers who were influenced by his work: "First, Rousseau's predecessors must have had some discernible effect on his own development.
This is why the social contract must be re-asserted.
Since his election as the head of the influential Maronite Church in 2011, Rai has called for a new social contract to revive the National Pact, an unwritten power-sharing agreement under which the presidency is reserved for a Maronite Christian, the premiership for a Sunni and the parliamentary speakership for a Shiite.
The description of the externally imposed Greek and Italian governments as "technocratic" is the ultimate proof of the attempt to make the radical rewriting of the social contract more acceptable by pretending that it isn't really a political change.
The list of protesters and an account of the AAAS decision to revoke CAPS's permission to sponsor a booth, appear in the current issue of The Social Contract quarterly.
But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.
Rather than discussing whether a social contract ever took place in the form described by Locke, Rawls interprets Locke's social contract theory as a hypothetical contract under which only certain political regimes could arise He shows how, even if a meeting of primeval people never occurred, the social contract method could be understood as a test for the legitimacy of regimes.
In light of these problems, the economic theory provides justification for bounds on state sovereignty and suggests that the international authority promote three objectives: (i) to enforce the social contract between state and citizen, taking action with respect to states that fail to fulfill promises; (ii) to enhance the efficiency of the market for social contracts, taking action with respect to states that interfere with the market; and (iii) to enhance the efficiency of the market for social contracts, taking action to ameliorate other market imperfections.
The forum was organised by the Social Contract Center in collaboration with the EFG Hermes Foundation.
But if we abided by a version of a social contract based on what Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau suggested, none of these additional measures would be required.
CAIRO: Egypt has witnessed an increase in commodity prices and a drop in agricultural production, according to a study by the Social Contract Center under the Cabinet of Ministers.
From the Jacobins' celebration of the text as the embodiment of Enlightenment progressivism to John Rawls's acknowledgement that it stands at the height of the social contract tradition, there is no contesting the book's practical and intellectual importance.