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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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That is, perhaps, the only instance in human history of that positive, original social compact, which speculative philosophers have imagined as the only legitimate source of government.
I admonish and forewarn ye all," continued the startled Doctor, "that I am a peaceful citizen of the before named Confederacy, or to speak with greater accuracy, Union, a supporter of the Social Compact, and a lover of good order and amity;" then, perceiving that the danger was, at least, temporarily removed, he once more raised his voice to the hostile pitch,--"I charge ye all, therefore, to submit to the laws.
The hope apparently will be to shred the social compact and the nation's economic safety net -- a goal of the ultra-right since FDR's and LBJ's times.
For now, the social compact endures, and at the Boliden mine, a sense of calm prevails.
This mandate or social compact binds us to practice good governance, transparency and accountability at all times.
Rejecting a version of the "amalgam" thesis suggested by Michael Zuckert in Natural Rights and the New Republicanism (1994) and The Natural Rights Republic (1997)--that the founders blended disparate elements of liberalism (individual rights, freedom), republicanism (common good, equality, morality) and Protestant Christianity into a workable mixture--West holds that, "the natural rights doctrine--including the concepts of equality, the laws of nature, and the social compact basis of government--is the core of the founders' political theory.
Millennials' views suggest a new social compact defined by individual responsibility for retirement security coupled with increased expectations of businesses and government, according to a new report from Capital Group.
social compact of 2017, the centenary of Kennedy's birth.
Let me speak to the millennial generation: massive debt, passed on from our generation to yours, is a breaking of the social compact.
While this principle is typically linked to the theory of the separation of powers, the true foundation of the nondelegation principle is the idea of the social compact and the related theory of republican government.
In immigrant neighborhoods like Molenbeek in Brussels or the banlieues that surround Paris, Muslim leaders who want change should organize campaigns to enlist their neighbors in the army, police and security services; these leaders can create a new social compact by showing their fellow citizens that they are ashamed of what the jihadist thugs have done and are unafraid of retribution.
Demographic Change and the Future of the American Social Compact

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