The word compact is used in the "Compact clause" of the Constitution of the United States: "No State shall, without the Consent of Congress [...] enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State [...]" (U.S. Constitution, article one, section 10, clause 3) and a few questions refer to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
- Is there case law discussing whether the Compact clause wording construes the compact as the equivalent of an agreement or something different and if so what does it essentially say?
- Is the dictionary definition ("a formal agreement between two or more parties, states, etc.; contract", Dictionary.com) too precise or too generic to accurately represent what the compact is in article one, section 10, clause 3?
- Is the word compact typical 18th century legal terminology in the U.S.?