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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.
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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
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so′cial con′tract

the agreement among individuals by which society becomes organized and invested with the right to secure mutual protection and welfare.
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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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No, he was made for his country, by the obligations of the social compact; he was made for his species, by the Christian duties of universal charity; he was made for all ages past, by the sentiment of reverence for his forefathers; and he was made for all future times, by the impulse of affection for his progeny.
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."
Although the campaign has been ripe with stirring rhetoric, creating a true social compact for the young cannot be done on a smile and a shoeshine; it will take serious outlays.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) Social Compact, which is part of its human capital plan, notes that mission readiness and quality of life depend on whether servicemembers use their financial resources responsibly.
A constitution is not simply a legal gimcrack for a specialist breed of lawyer to toy with; it is a social compact, a cultural statement, and a framework through which various people and peoples compact to share geographic and jurisdictional space for the benefit of all.
Tyrell's moderate Whiggism rationalized Britain's balanced and mixed constitution "as the product of a contextualized social compact blending elements of custom, history, and prescription with inherent natural law obligations" (14).
Peacebuilding could help solidify the social compact by which States delivered on their obligations to citizens, while citizens exercised their right to participate and take charge of their destiny, he said, urging everyone to also remember that peacebuilding was inherently political.
The place to start, it seems to me, is with a discussion of the social compact, that intricate set of explicit relationships and implicit understandings that connect "we the people" to one another and that connect us all to the government, to the world of commerce and business, and to the multitude of civic and charitable organizations that are so characteristic of our America.
And those who opt out of the social compact - wages for work - in favour of a life of crime should expect to be punished.
was the product of a social compact between the state, business, church, and labour." (63) But that is about all we get by way of historical analysis.
"This is considerably higher than the Department of Defense (DoD) mandated 11 percent savings as required by the 'Social Compact.' We take our mission of saving our customers money very seriously.

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