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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Contract'

Contract Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    contract n
  1. a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
  2. (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make [syn: declaration]
  3. a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid [syn: contract bridge}] v
  4. enter into a contractual arrangement [syn: undertake]
  5. engage by written agreement; "They signed two new pitchers for the next season" [syn: sign, sign on, sign up]
  6. squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle" [syn: compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, press]
  7. become smaller or draw together; "The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank" [syn: shrink] [ant: expand, stretch]
  8. be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; "He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill" [syn: take, get]
  9. make smaller; "The heat contracted the woollen garment"
  10. compress or concentrate; "Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan" [syn: condense, concentrate]
  11. make or become more narrow or restricted; "The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed" [syn: narrow] [ant: widen]
  12. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened" [syn: abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, reduce] [ant: elaborate]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Contract'

A contract is a legally enforceable agreement between two or more parties with mutual obligations. The remedy at law for breach of contract is "damages" or monetary compensation. In equity, the remedy can be specific performance of the contract or an injunction. Both remedies award the damaged party the "benefit of the bargain" or expectation damages, which are greater than mere reliance damages, as in promissory estoppel.

Contract law is based on the principle expressed in the Latin phrase pacta sunt servanda, which is usually translated "agreements to be kept" but more literally means "pacts must be kept".

Contract law can be classified, as is habitual in civil law systems, as part of a general law of obligations, along with tort, unjust enrichment, and restitution.

As a means of economic ordering, contract relies on the notion of consensual exchange and has been extensively discussed in broader economic, sociological, and anthropological terms (see "Contractual theory" below). In American English, the term extends beyond the legal meaning to encompass a broader category of agreements.

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'Contract' in famous quotation sentence

* Hollywood is a place where they place you under contract instead of under observation. - Walter Winchell

* Justice is a contract of expediency, entered upon to prevent men harming or being harmed. - Epicurus

* Marriage is like signing a 356-page contract without knowing what's in it. - Kenneth Hartley Blanchard

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Contract Sample Sentences in News

  • A ‘common-sense’ NYC teachers’ contract
    The next contract for New York City’s schoolteachers will be worth billions of dollars. Surely we can afford to include some common sense. Students deserve a safe learning environment. Teachers... Read more on this news related to 'Contract'
  • Contract talks heat up between transit workers, MTA
    Transit workers came closer to making a deal with the MTA Tuesday more than two years after their labor contract expired, union sources told The Post. Transport Workers Union Local... Read more on this news related to 'Contract'
  • Gettysburg Borough approves one-year police contract
    Gettysburg Borough approved a one-year contract with its unionized police force following an executive session April 14, said Borough Council President Michael Birkner. Read more on this news related to 'Contract'

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