social contract

  

Definition

Unwritten and tacit agreement said to exist among the members of a community or group that guides individual behavior and establishes personal rights and responsibilities. Social contract is deemed essential for any organized group behavior and, in democratic societies, is embodied in the national constitution.

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  • Cutting in line and other similarly rude behavior is a violation of civilization's social contract that often leads to conflict.

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  • Although it was never explicitly stated, the fraternity had a social contract that they would treat all of their brothers with the utmost respect.

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  • The employees hated each other, but there was an unwritten social contract that prevented them from throwing each other under the bus.

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