cash·​less | \ ˈkash-ləs How to pronounce cashless (audio) \

Definition of cashless

: not having or involving cash specifically : relying largely or entirely on monetary transactions that use electronic means rather than cash

Examples of cashless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So will the new decade mark the dawn of a cashless society? Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Will 2020 mark the start of a decade when Americans finally ditch cash and use digital wallets, credit cards?," 20 Dec. 2019 Boosted by e-commerce and the popularity of contactless payments, behemoths once seen as dreary thrived and merged, raising questions about modern societies’ readiness for a largely cashless future. The Economist, "2019 in review: trade wars and tech battles," 25 Dec. 2019 Around the world, governments, businesses and Big Finance have been promoting cashless transactions as online commerce and mobile banking takes off. Stelios Bouras, Fortune, "One Country’s Grand Plan to Promote a Cashless Economy: Fine the Laggards Who Pay with Cash," 16 Dec. 2019 The issue began when the cashless tolls opened Oct. 16 and was corrected in early November. Colin Campbell,, "Maryland mails 22,000 speed warnings to Hatem Bridge drivers in error, a $20,000 mistake.," 13 Nov. 2019 The Salvation Army tested the cashless option last year in Kansas City, New York, Dallas and Seattle. Abdel Jimenez,, "Salvation Army bell ringers, who return to some Chicago stores this week, know you may not have spare change. But now you can just tap your phone.," 4 Nov. 2019 Like most states, Florida is quickly moving to cashless, automated tolls. Steve Bousquet,, "Tourists got ripped off in Florida. The state offered refunds, but who knew? | Steve Bousquet," 13 Sep. 2019 Similar to the cashless movement, there's a long way to go before total conversion. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Paper or paperless receipts: Should we say so long to long receipts and go digital?," 26 Nov. 2019 Panellists predict a cashless future while gazing into a huge crystal ball. The Economist, "Big Tech takes aim at the low-profit retail-banking industry," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of cashless

1731, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2020

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“Cashless.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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