con·​trac·​tu·​al | \ kən-ˈtrak-chə-wəl How to pronounce contractual (audio) , -chəl, -shwəl, -chü-əl \

Definition of contractual

: of, relating to, or constituting a contract

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Other Words from contractual

contractually adverb

Examples of contractual in a Sentence

They had to fulfill their contractual obligations before they could get paid.
Recent Examples on the Web And networks must be careful that their digital services won’t violate contractual obligations with partners, including cable operators and TV stations that carry their programming. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2021 However, divorcing parties may agree on spousal maintenance, and thereby secure a contractual obligation to pay an amount in excess of the statutory limit a judge could order. Dallas News, 13 May 2021 Lemon Grove also has rising contractual obligations with the Fire Department (a 2 percent increase is coming starting July 1) and California Public Employees’ Retirement System. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2021 Poonawalla has also said that AstraZeneca has sent SII a legal notice for not meeting its contractual obligations. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 8 May 2021 That may suggest that the generous contractual commitments are detached from their actual production capacities — not unlike the case of Western vaccine manufacturers. Ivana Stradner, National Review, 17 Mar. 2021 If a country determines that the company is exporting vaccines before meeting its contractual obligation in the EU, the exports can be blocked. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2021 CDs are contractual commitments and will not change. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 23 Feb. 2021 Biden announced on Thursday that the U.S. had secured contractual commitments from Moderna and Pfizer to deliver the 600 million doses of vaccine by the end of July — more than a month earlier than initially anticipated. Jonathan Lemire, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of contractual

1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Contractual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of contractual

: of or relating to the things that are required by a contract


con·​trac·​tu·​al | \ kən-ˈtrak-chə-wəl How to pronounce contractual (audio) \

Legal Definition of contractual

: of, relating to, or constituting a contract a contractual agreement

Other Words from contractual

contractually adverb

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