A pact is usually sealed with a handshake.
- An example of a pact is when two boys promise to finish a race together, no matter what.
- An example of a pact is a cease fire agreement between two countries.
Origin of pactOld French ; from Classical Latin pactum, neuter of pactus, past participle of paciscere, to agree ; from base of pax, peace
- A formal agreement, such as one between nations; a treaty.
- An arrangement between people; a compact. See Synonyms at agreement.
Origin of pactMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin pactum, from neuter sing. past participle of pac&imacron;sc&imacron;, to agree; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
From Latin pactum (“something agreed upon"), from paciscere (“to agree").