[tran-sak-shuhn, -zak-]
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  1. the act of transacting or the fact of being transacted.
  2. an instance or process of transacting something.
  3. something that is transacted, especially a business agreement.
  4. Psychology. an interaction of an individual with one or more other persons, especially as influenced by their assumed relational roles of parent, child, or adult.
  5. transactions, the published records of the proceedings, as papers read, addresses delivered, or discussions, at the meetings of a learned society or the like.

Origin of transaction

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin trānsāctiōn- (stem of trānsāctiō) completion, transaction. See transact, -ion
Related formstrans·ac·tion·al, adjectivetrans·ac·tion·al·ly, adverbpre·trans·ac·tion, noun

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Related Words for transactional

transferable, debatable, assignable, transactional

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British Dictionary definitions for transactional


  1. something that is transacted, esp a business deal or negotiation
  2. the act of transacting or the state of being transacted
  3. (plural) the published records of the proceedings of a society, conference, etc
  4. (in business computing) the act of obtaining and paying for an item or service
  5. (in general computing) the transmission and processing of an item of data
Derived Formstransactional, adjectivetransactionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for transactional



mid-15c., "the adjustment of a dispute, a negotiated agreement," from Middle French transaction, from Latin transactionem (nominative transactio) "an agreement, accomplishment," from past participle stem of transigere "accomplish, drive or carry through," from trans- "through" + agere "to drive" (see act). Meaning "a piece of business" is attested from 1640s.

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