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noun

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

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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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Cultural definitions for legal tender

legal tender

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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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