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Difference Between Contract and Agreement

Contract vs Agreement

The words contract and agreement are often used to mean the same thing, yet there are unmistakable differences between the two.  A contract is a written or verbal agreement between two or more parties that is enforceable by law.  An agreement is a written or verbal contract between two or more parties that is not enforceable by law.  The proper way to make an official contract is through legal means, whereas an agreement can be done without legal involvement. Agreements are generally made over small things, and are usually held by taking someone’s word.  A contract is made legal when it involves important issues where a promise cannot suffice.  Contracts and agreements are used for the same purpose, however a contract is a professional agreement.

There are many types of contracts which can be developed.  One is the financing contract which is created between a debtor and a lender.  There are project management contracts created between workers and the person who is paying them to complete a certain project.  Other contracts include building contracts, service contracts, and some consider marriage to be a contract as well.  Agreements are different as they are created on a personal understanding; a trust that a person will complete their half of the agreement. Agreements can also be made for the aforementioned things, however there is no legal guarantee for reimbursement should the other person not complete their job.  Agreements are more commonly made between family members or close friends and are similar to promises.  Like promises, agreements can be broken; when this occurs there are no legal repercussions.

In order for a contract to become binding, there are certain elements it must possess.  It must demonstrate universal acceptance; all parties are in agreement with the limitations set forth by the contract.  It must be plausible and possible, meaning that is should be believably obtainable to commit to by all parties involved.  When an agreement is made, there is only a verbal acceptance by the parties involved.  It can be made even if the stipulations are impossible, and the parties are able to alter an agreement as they see fit and when they desire.

Contracts and agreements are created with the same purpose of creating a formal agreement between parties.  The difference lies in the formality of the contract and the personalization of an agreement.


  1. A contract is a written or verbal agreement that is enforceable by law.  An agreement is the same, however it is typically not enforced by the law.
  2. A contract is a formal agreement which is legally binding, usually created for business purposes, or to ensure the safety of one’s assets.  Agreements are informally made with family and friends, they are similar to promises.
  3. Contracts involve a universal acceptance of the terms and the stipulations are deemed possible to attain by all parties.  Agreements have universal acceptance, however there is no guarantee of attainment by parties and it can be changed at any time by either participant.

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  1. While a contract is an agreement that is legally enforceable, an agreement MAY or MAY NOT be legally enforceable. Thus, a contract is an agreement, but an agreement does not necessarily mean it is a contract.

    I don’t know where this “only verbal acceptance” comes from, either. I would say legally unenforceable written contracts (say, contracts for illegal ends, or gifts, etc.) would also be “agreements.” You could also have “agreements” with business associates (such as wagers) that may not be legally enforceable, but still are in the nature of an agreement.

  2. In any contracts there are fundamental items, an offer and an acceptance, a consideration and a Intention to create legal relations. Contract can be enforceable and voidable or void from the start, it does not change the meaning of the contract. Complex contracts would involve Terms, which one need to check the term’s meaning, whether it is expressed or implied, whether the term is fair, or ineffective as it is already governed by statutory law.

  3. it’s show interesting

  4. By your definition, all agreements MUST be encorcebable, because you define an agreement as a contract. I cannot use these definitions because they are expressed in terms of each other, creating a semantic error that cannot be resolved.

  5. So, in case of promise btw dad and son, how can the son claim his benefits as dad promised but this promise was broken by dad?

  6. What is the importance of agreement to contract?

  7. I had a written test today, the first question was what is the difference between the contract and agreement and why any contract can be an agreement while any agreement can not be a contract.

  8. I agree to take care of your dog verbally.

    I agree to take care of your dog for 25 bucks, please sign here.

    Anything with specifics involved and signatures is contractual.

  9. are all agreements contract?

  10. Thank you so much for this impressive awareness you gave me

  11. Francis B.Addai,
    I’m very empress about ur questions nd
    answers, bt try to modified it which can be more understandably. My question. ..All contract are agreement by its not all agreement are contract? Why

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