social contract

Definition of "social contract"
  1. A theoretical or actual agreement among people that establishes an organized community or between the public and the governing authority setting the boundaries of each party's responsibilities and rights
How to use "social contract" in a sentence
  1. The social contract theory argues that individuals voluntarily give up some of their freedoms in exchange for protection from the government.
  2. In a democratic society, the social contract serves as the basis of citizens' rights and responsibilities.
  3. The philosopher believes that a violation of the social contract results in a breakdown of societal norms.

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