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Sanjit Keskar   31 July 2019

Offer + accetance = agreement or accpetance

This is indeed more of a theoretical question but i wouldlike to clarify all the same

It is popuarly taught that offer + acceptance = Agreement (and that a legally enforceable agreement is a contract subject to fulfillment of other coditions)

But if one seem the leagl defiitions of these basic terms would it not be more correct to say

Offer + Acceptance = Promise  (not agreement)

and Promise + Consideration = Agreement

and Agreement + Legal enforceability (+ other legal conditions)  Contract




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Advocate Abhishek Sinha (Advocate)     02 August 2019

Do not confuse on this. What is an "Agreement" ? In simple terms, when two or more persons, mutually agree to do something OR abstain from doing something, its an Agreement, here everyone is promising to do or abstain from doing something.  SO an Agreement is a promise to do or not to do something and is the base of the Agreement.

"Consideration", in whatever form or promise, is again a Part and element of an Agreement.

And when any Agreement, by its terms and conditions, becomes legally binding and simultaneously enforceable in a Court of Law, it is called a CONTRACT.

And thats why its commonly said that All Contracts are Agreements BUT its not necessary that All Agreements are Contracts. :-)

Thanks & Regards

Advocate Abhishek Sinha




Zeta Teresa Pereira   13 January 2020

Dear Sir,

Section 2 (h) of the Indian Contract Act, 1872 says that an agreement enforceable by law is a contract

Section 2 (e) provides the definition of agreement as every promise and every set of promises forming consideration for each other

Section 2 (b) defines promise as when the person to whom the proposal is made signifies his assent thereto, the proposal is said to be accepted. A proposal, when accepted becomes a promise

From these definitions, it is clear that:

a contract is an agreement;

an agreement is a promise 


a promise is an accepted proposal. 



                                          CONSIDERATION= AGREEMENT


                                                                          ENFORCEABILITY BY LAW= CONTRACT





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