agreement, contract, treaty, convention, bargain, understanding, accord

These words have one thing in common, that is, they all mean “协议” to different extent. The subtle difference is going to be clarified here.

agreement : An arrangement between parties regarding a method of action; a covenant.


contract :An agreement between two or more parties, especially one that is written and enforceable by law.


treaty :A formal agreement between two or more states, as in reference to terms of peace or trade.


convention :An agreement between states, sides, or military forces, especially an international agreement dealing with a specific subject, such as the treatment of prisoners of war.


bargain :An agreement establishing the terms of a sale or exchange of goods or services.


understanding :A compact implicit between two or more people or groups.


accord :A settlement of points at issue between nations.