gentlemen's agreement

gentlemen's agreement
noun
a personal agreement based on honor and not legally binding
Hypernyms: ↑agreement, ↑understanding

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noun

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1. an agreement that, although unenforceable at law, is binding as a matter of personal honor.
2. an unwritten agreement by a socially prominent clique, private club, etc., to discriminate against or refuse to accept members of certain religious, racial, national, or other groups.
[1885-90, Amer.]

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gentleman's agreement or gentlemen's agreement noun
1. An agreement resting on honour, not on formal contract
2. A contract made by word of mouth and without drawing up any legal documents, ie not legally binding but resting on honour alone (business)
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gentleman's or gentlemen's agreement,
an informal agreement that is not legally binding. Because it is not written, the people or parties that make it are bound only by their promise to keep it. »

Even though the state of the press is vital to the state of the nation, there is a…gentleman's agreement that no newspaper shall criticize or reflect upon another (Harper's).

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gentleman's agreement

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ˌgentleman's aˈgreement [gentleman's agreement gentleman's agreements] (also ˌgentlemen's aˈgreement) noun
an agreement made between people who trust each other, which is not written down and which has no legal force

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