Covenant definition

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In the Bible, a divine promise establishing or modifying God's relationship to humanity or to a particular group.
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To enter into a covenant.
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A binding agreement; a compact.
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A binding and solemn agreement to do or keep from doing a specified thing; compact.
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To promise by a covenant.
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An agreement among members of a church to defend and maintain its doctrines, polity, and faith.
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A written and legally enforceable agreement or promise that is often a part of a contract or deed, especially one to maintain the status quo of something or to do or not do something during the term of the covenant.
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A covenant that requires one party to fulfill her promise to do or not do something at the same time the other party to the covenant has to fulfill his promise.
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To promise by a covenant.
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The definition of a covenant is an agreement between members to do a specific thing.

An example of covenant is a peace treaty among multiple countries.

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A contract.
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(theol.) The promise made by God to humanity and the relationship it established, as described in the Bible.
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A formal, sealed contract.
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A clause of such a contract.
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The rules on a loan agreement that require certain financial conditions be met or prohibit other financial actions by the borrower. A covenant may limit how much additional debt can be issued, require financial targets such as sales and earnings to be met, limit the payment of dividends, and require that certain cash levels be maintained. If a covenant is violated, then the bank or loan issuer can require that the loan or note be immediately repaid.
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An implied promise that is incidental to a contract or deed.
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A warranty, especially one made in connection with the sale or transfer of land.
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Same as contract under seal; see contract.
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A covenant of title, whereby the grantor promises that there are no undisclosed encumbrances (such as easements, liens, or mortgages) on the property.
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See covenant running with the land.
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To make a covenant.
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An agreement between the parliaments of Scotland and England in 1643 to extend and preserve Presbyterianism.
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One of the agreements supported by a Covenanter.
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A condition in a contract such as a deed or lease, nonperformance or violation of which gives rise to a cause of action for breach.
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A suit for damages for violation of such a contract.
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An action under the common law to recover damages for the breach of a contract under seal. See also assumpsit.
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A provision, often found in employment, partnership, and sale-of-business contracts, in which one party agrees not to conduct any business or professional activity similar to that of the other party. Such covenants are enforceable for the duration of the business relationship between the parties, but not afterward except for the period of time, scope, and territorial limits that are deemed reasonable by a court in light of the adequacy of consideration given in exchange for the covenant, the hardship that the enforcement of the covenant or lack thereof would impose upon the parties, and the need of the party seeking to enforce the covenant to protect trade secrets and the like. Sometimes also called restrictive covenant.
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In a settlement of a claim, dispute, or lawsuit, a promise not to assert or pursue in court a right of action arising from the subject of the claim, dispute, or lawsuit.
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A covenant of title whereby the grantor promises to do whatever is reasonably necessary to give the grantee full title if the title conveyed in the deed later proves to be imperfect.
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A covenant of title, whereby the grantor promises that the grantee’s unimpaired use and enjoyment of the land will not be disturbed by anyone with a lien or superior right to the land.
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A covenant of title, whereby the grantor promises to indemnify the grantee against any defects in the title to the land conveyed or any disturbances of the unimpaired use and enjoyment of the land. Often considered synonymous with covenant of warranty.
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See covenant of seisin.
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A covenant of title, whereby the grantor promises that he or she has at the time of the grant the full ownership, or the right to convey, an estate of the quality and size that they are purporting to convey to the grantee. Also called covenant of right to convey.
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A type of covenant usually given by a grantor in a warranty deed conveying real property to ensure that title is complete and secure. Also called warranty of title. In the plural, also called usual covenants.
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A covenant of title, whereby the grantor promises to defend the title against all reasonable claims of a superior right to the land by a third party and to indemnify the grantee against any losses arising from the claim. Often considered synonymous with covenant of quiet enjoyment.
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A covenant that relates to a particular parcel of land without which the land cannot be conveyed and that is binding for an indefinite time on all successor grantees. Also called covenant appurtenant and running covenant.
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See contract under seal.
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A covenant that purports to limit all future transfers of a piece of real property to successor grantees of, or to successor grantees who are not of, a particular race, color, or ethnic group. Once very common, these covenants are now unenforceable.
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A covenant that restrict the use, occupancy, or disposition of real property (such as specifying the size of lots that the property can be divided into or the types of buildings that may be constructed on the land).
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See covenant not to compete.
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(law) An agreement to do or not do a particular thing.
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(law) A promise, incidental to a deed or contract, either express or implied.
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A pact or binding agreement between two or more parties.
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An incidental clause in an agreement.
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To enter into, or promise something by, a covenant.
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(law) To enter a formal agreement.
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(law) To bind oneself in contract.
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(law) To make a stipulation.
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An agreement of Presbyterians in Scotland in 1638 to oppose episcopacy.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
covenant
Plural:
covenants

Origin of covenant

  • Middle English from Old French from present participle of convenir to agree convene

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French covenant (“agreement”), from Latin conveniens (“agreeing, agreeable, suitable, convenient”), present participle of conveniō (“to agree”). Cognate with convenient.

    From Wiktionary