Trea"tise (?), n. [OE. tretis, OF. treitis, traitis, well made. See Treat.]
A written composition on a particular subject, in which its principles are discussed or explained; a tract.
He published a treatise in which he maintained that a marriage between a member of the Church of England and a dissenter was a nullity.
⇒ A treatise implies more form and method than an essay, but may fall short of the fullness and completeness of a systematic exposition.
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