social contract


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social contract

n.
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

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social compact

n
(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


n.
the agreement among individuals by which society becomes organized and invested with the right to secure mutual protection and welfare.
[1840–50]
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Noun1.social 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 SOCIAL CONTRACT founded upon this basis will be a perpetual pact between those who have and those who have not.
How these roots acquired their meanings is not known, but a conventional origin is clearly just as mythical as the social contract by which Hobbes and Rousseau supposed civil government to have been established.
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There was thus a need to devise a new social contract for the people to accommodate and preserve the interests and wellbeing of all citizens irrespective of their caste, creed, religion or any other social, political and cultural identity.
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At the meeting organised by Sweden's embassy in Tunisia and the Tunisian-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Taboubi added that the implementation of the social contract is likely to serve the socio-economic interests of the various stakeholders.
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The ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's mantra to have new social contract aimed at protecting the rights of the common man is a good idea.
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Malacanang has welcomed the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill by the House committee on public information, saying the proposed measure is 'an act that affirms the government's social contract with the people.
By expounding on the historical development of the notion of the social contract -- a key element of works by political philosophers Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and John Locke -- Jennings gives his ideas a solid theoretical underpinning.