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What is a smart contract?
What is a smart contract?

Definition of smart contracts

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Written by Alex
Updated over a week ago

A smart contract is a self-executable contract with the terms of the agreement directly written into lines of code. The agreements contained in the code exist across a distributed and decentralized blockchain network. This code controls the execution of the smart contract and transactions are traceable and immutable (cannot be reversed/undone). Despite the name, smart contracts are not legally binding contracts.

Smart contracts allow transactions to be executed between anonymous parties without the need for a central authority, legal system or external enforcement mechanism. They can also be used for workflow automatization, triggering a "next action" when certain specific conditions are met.

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