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[kuh n-trak-choo-uh l]
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  1. of, relating to, or secured by a contract.
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Origin of contractual

1860–65; < Latin contractu-, stem of contractus contract + -al1
Related formscon·trac·tu·al·ly, adverbnon·con·trac·tu·al, adjective
Can be confusedcontextual contractual
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Related Words for contractual

fair, constitutional, statutory, valid, legitimate, lawful, proper, juridical, contractual, acknowledged, authorized, clean, due, enforced, forensic, granted, innocent, judicial, just, justifiable

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  1. of the nature of or assured by a contract
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Derived Formscontractually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for contractual


1827, from Latin contractus (see contract (n.)) + -al (1).

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