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Definition of Contract
contractDependent De*pend"ent, a. [L. dependens, -entis, p. pr.
dependere. See Depend, and cf. Dependant.]
1. Hanging down; as, a dependent bough or leaf.
2. Relying on, or subject to, something else for support; not
able to exist, or sustain itself, or to perform anything,
without the will, power, or aid of something else; not
self-sustaining; contingent or conditioned; subordinate;
-- often with on or upon; as, dependent on God; dependent
England, long dependent and degraded, was again a
power of the first rank. --Macaulay.
Dependent covenant or contract (Law), one not binding
until some connecting stipulation is performed.
Dependent variable (Math.), a varying quantity whose
changes are arbitrary, but are regarded as produced by
changes in another variable, which is called the
independent variable. contractWager Wa"ger, n.
Wagering, or gambling, contract. A contract which is of
the nature of wager. Contracts of this nature include
various common forms of valid commercial contracts, as
contracts of insurance, contracts dealing in futures,
options, etc. Other wagering contracts and bets are now
generally made illegal by statute against betting and
gambling, and wagering has in many cases been made a
criminal offence. Wages Wa"ges, n. pl. (Theoretical
The share of the annual product or national dividend which
goes as a reward to labor, as distinct from the remuneration
received by capital in its various forms. This economic or
technical sense of the word wages is broader than the current
sense, and includes not only amounts actually paid to
laborers, but the remuneration obtained by those who sell the
products of their own work, and the wages of superintendence
or management, which are earned by skill in directing the
work of others.
Contract Con*tract", v. i.
1. To be drawn together so as to be diminished in size or
extent; to shrink; to be reduced in compass or in
duration; as, iron contracts in cooling; a rope contracts
Years contracting to a moment. --Wordsworth.
2. To make an agreement; to covenant; to agree; to bargain;
as, to contract for carrying the mail.
Contract Con"tract, a.
Contracted; as, a contract verb. --Goodwin.
Contract Con*tract", a. [L. contractus, p. p.]
Contracted; affianced; betrothed. [Obs.] --Shak.
ContractContract Con"tract, n. [L. contractus, fr. contrahere: cf. F.
contrat, formerly also contract.]
1. (Law) The agreement of two or more persons, upon a
sufficient consideration or cause, to do, or to abstain
from doing, some act; an agreement in which a party
undertakes to do, or not to do, a particular thing; a
formal bargain; a compact; an interchange of legal rights.
2. A formal writing which contains the agreement of parties,
with the terms and conditions, and which serves as a proof
of the obligation.
3. The act of formally betrothing a man and woman.
This is the the night of the contract. --Longwellow.
Syn: Covenant; agreement; compact; stipulation; bargain;
arrangement; obligation. See Covenant.
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