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Definition of Charter


  1. A written evidence in due form of things done or granted, contracts made, etc., between man and man; a deed, or conveyance.
  2. An instrument in writing, from the sovereign power of a state or country, executed in due form, bestowing rights, franchises, or privileges.
  3. An act of a legislative body creating a municipal or other corporation and defining its powers and privileges. Also, an instrument in writing from the constituted authorities of an order or society (as the Freemasons), creating a lodge and defining its powers.
  4. A special privilege, immunity, or exemption.
  5. The letting or hiring a vessel by special contract, or the contract or instrument whereby a vessel is hired or let; as, a ship is offered for sale or charter. See Charter party, below.
  6. To establish by charter.
  7. To hire or let by charter, as a ship. See Charter party, under Charter, n.

Charter Quotations

It was during the Reagan years that defiance of international law and the U.N. Charter became entirely open.
Noam Chomsky

The U.N. charter bars the threat of force.
Noam Chomsky

The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.
James Madison

Why should Iran have a deterrent strategy? Well, it's surrounded by hostile enemies. Both of its borders have been under occupation by a hostile superpower, the United States, which is constantly violating the U.N. charter by leaving open what they call the saying, 'all options are open' - meaning the threat of war.
Noam Chomsky

Science is properly more scrupulous than dogma. Dogma gives a charter to mistake, but the very breath of science is a contest with mistake, and must keep the conscience alive.
George Eliot
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Charter Translations

charter in Dutch is charter, handvest, vrachtcontract
charter in German is anheuern, Urkunde, anheuern, Freibrief
charter in Portuguese is carta patente
charter in Spanish is estatutos, salvoconducto
charter in Swedish is kontrakt, hyra, befrakta

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