1. A formal agreement, such as one between nations; a treaty.
2. An arrangement between people; a compact. See Synonyms at agreement.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pactum, from neuter sing. past participle of pacīscī, to agree; see pag- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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