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A tractate is a written work dealing formally and systematically with a subject; the word derives from the Latin tractatus, meaning treatise.[1]

One example of its use is in citing a section of the Talmud, when the term masekhet (מסכת‎) is used in conjunction with the name of the subject, for example, Masekhet Berakhoth, which is relevant to agriculture and blessings.[2]

Two further examples are the 1670 and '76 Tractatus Theologico-Politicus by Baruch Spinoza, and the 1921 Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein.

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  1. ^ Allen, R.E., ed. (1990). Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English (8th ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 1293. ISBN 0-19-861243-5.
  2. ^ Birnbaum, Philip (1975). "Tractates". A Book of Jewish Concepts. New York, NY: Hebrew Publishing Company. p. 373. ISBN 088482876X.