legal tender


noun

currency that may be lawfully tendered in payment of a debt, such as paper money, Federal Reserve notes, or coins.

Origin of legal tender

First recorded in 1730–40
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British Dictionary definitions for legal tender

legal tender


noun

currency in specified denominations that a creditor must by law accept in redemption of a debt
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Culture definitions for legal tender

legal tender


Any form of money that a government decrees must be accepted in payment of debts.

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