legal tender


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

Related Words for legal tender

currency, money

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British Dictionary definitions for legal tender

legal tender


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

legal tender

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

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