[kuh n-trak-choo-uh l]


of, relating to, or secured by a contract.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of contractually

  • She told me I owed her money, and that she had created me and that contractually I was her possession.

  • The Autonomy deal is done, and HP is contractually obliged to go through with it.

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British Dictionary definitions for contractually



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



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

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