Entry from US English dictionary
An international agreement, usually regarding routine administrative matters not warranting a formal treaty, made by the executive branch of the US government without ratification by the Senate.
- It is all nice and tidy because it is done by executive agreement; it does not have to go to Parliaments; and so on and so forth.
- The Illinois senator put aside the Ludlow Amendment's demand for popular sanction of overseas military action, as well as the Bricker Amendment's goal of limiting presidential power to implement treaties and executive agreements.
- This last point suggests a tenable distinction: executive agreements can be made on whatever the President wants, but unlike treaties, they can never be self-executing.
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