social contract

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social contract

A usually implicit agreement among the members of an organized society or between the governed and the government defining and limiting the rights and duties of each.

social contract


social compact

(Philosophy) (in the theories of Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, and others) an agreement, entered into by individuals, that results in the formation of the state or of organized society, the prime motive being the desire for protection, which entails the surrender of some or all personal liberties

so′cial con′tract

the agreement among individuals by which society becomes organized and invested with the right to secure mutual protection and welfare.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: contract - an implicit agreement among people that results in the organization of society; individual surrenders liberty in return for protection
accord, agreement - harmony of people's opinions or actions or characters; "the two parties were in agreement"
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"Rousseau's Contrat social," said the vicomte with a tolerant smile.
Il s'agit in fine d'anticiper pour construire un nouveau contrat social, lequel necessite un debat democratique fecond sur l'evaluation de l'action de l'ensemble des acteurs de la vie politique, economique et sociale du pays.
Pour lui, [beaucoup moins que]c'est au prochain President, elu democratiquement, de proceder aux reformes revendiquees par la rue[beaucoup plus grand que], avant de relever que [beaucoup moins que]la Constitution est un contrat social entre les gouvernes et les gouvernants[beaucoup plus grand que] [beaucoup plus grand que].
His call for a "contract for the web," or a Jean-Jacques Rousseau-style "Contrat Social," which would create a new framework of laws and standards to be adhered to in a similar manner to the world's loose adherence to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is to be commended.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Du contrat social ou principes du droit politique
A cet effet, le Comite de Pilotage, compose de 16 membres dont le Ministre de l'Economie et des Finances, le Ministre charge des affaires economiques a la Presidence du Gouvernement et l'Ambassadeur de France en Tunisie, a debattu des axes autour desquels s'articulera l'etude et qui concernent, en particulier, les transformations structurelles du schema de croissance, l'elaboration d'un nouveau contrat social pour une croissance juste et equitable, la poursuite de l'ouverture sur l'international, de maniere intelligente, le renforcement de la resilience macroeconomique et de l'inclusion financiere, les chantiers strategiques de reformes a court, moyen et long termes et une matrice quinquennale de reconstruction et de developpement economique 2015-2020.
This position was defended by Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his 'Contrat Social' (1762) and by the famous professor Oppenheim who defines the sovereignty in the strict and narrowest sense of the term as "implying independence all round, within and without the borders of the country," (Oppenheim's International Law, Vol.

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