social contract

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social contract (plural social contracts)

  1. (philosophy, politics) An implicit agreement or contract among members of a society governing such matters as submission of individuals to rule of law and acceptable conduct.
    • 2013 May 17, George Monbiot, “Money just makes the rich suffer”, in The Guardian Weekly[1], volume 188, number 23, page 19:
      In order to grant the rich these pleasures, the social contract is reconfigured. The welfare state is dismantled. […]


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