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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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the people crossing over in the distance seemed unwilling even to look at the islet where the exiled effigy of the author of the Social Contract sat enthroned above the bowed head of Razumov in the sombre immobility of bronze.
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