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paction (plural pactions)

  1. A pact, an agreement.
    • 1876, George William Cox, A general history of Greece[1], page 215:
      Instead of this, we have the tranquil declaration that they heartily desire the welfare of Hellas, and that they will make no paction with the enemy, if they can avoid the so doing.


paction (third-person singular simple present pactions, present participle pactioning, simple past and past participle pactioned)

  1. To form a pact; to make a binding agreement.
    • 1811, The Decisions of the Court of Session:
      It would be usury, in the construction of law, to take from a necessitous debtor a bond for ₤. 100 for the loan of 800 marks, though the ordinary interest be pactioned for the sum borrowed;
    • 1826, ‎Mungo Ponton Brown & ‎William Maxwell Morison, Supplement to the Dictionary of the decisions of the Court of Session:
      ...but if they were infants who were not capable of pactioning and entring into terms, the the mother's alimenting them, and not declaring quo animo she did it, prejudges her not, but she may thereafter craye the same.
    • 1973, Eugen Weber, A Modern History of Europe, page 368:
      But Bruno was burned as a heretic in 1600 and the German Faust story of 1587 shows Doctor Faustus as a godless rebel, seeking things he should not delve into, aspiring to powers and to knowledge not meant for him, pactioning with the devil and condemned to Hell.