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"Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains." --The Social Contract [...]

Ill-Matched Lovers (c. 1520/1525) by Quentin Matsys
Ill-Matched Lovers (c. 1520/1525) by Quentin Matsys

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A contract is a legally binding agreement that defines and governs the rights and duties between or among its parties. A contract is legally enforceable when it meets the requirements of applicable law. A contract typically involves the exchange of goods, services, money, or a promise of any of those. In the event of a breach of contract, the injured party may seek judicial remedies such as damages or cancellation.


From Middle English, from Old French contract, from Latin contractum, past participle of contrahere (“to bring together, to bring about, to conclude a bargain”), from con- (“with, together”) + trahere (“to draw, to pull”).

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