- 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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Examples from the Web for legal tender
If so, why do the rest of us have to put up with legal-tender paper money?‘A Ghastly Waste of Time?’ Considering the Constitution
January 15, 2013
Our rule is that legal-tender money must be paid down at the time of purchase.Strictly Business
The first "legal-tender" Act was approved February 25, 1862.
It was simply put into circulation with the legal-tender quality.The Principles of Economics
Frank A. Fetter
(d) Legal-tender cases, Wilson, Division and Reunion, 280-281.
Their opinions in regard to the constitutionality of the Legal-Tender Acts had been clearly and publicly expressed.Principles of Political Economy
Arthur Latham Perry
- currency in specified denominations that a creditor must by law accept in redemption of a debt
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Any form of money that a government decrees must be accepted in payment of debts.
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