Gentlemen's agreement

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A Gentlemen's agreement is an informal agreement between two parties. It may be written or verbal. The essence of a gentleman's agreement is that it relies upon the honour of the parties for its fulfilment, rather than being in any way enforceable. It is, therefore, the opposite of a legal agreement or contract, which can be enforced if necessary.

Negative Connotations

The term has come to sound distinctly old fashioned, both because of its implicit assumption that the parties will be men, and because of its assumption that they will be gentlemen (and the old-fashioned nature of that phrase). And after interwar politics in Europe the phrase has gained somewhat the connotation of an agreement easily broken.

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