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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.
(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
the agreement among individuals by which society becomes organized and invested with the right to secure mutual protection and welfare.