con·​trac·​tu·​al | \ kən-ˈtrak-chə-wəl , -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.

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As Android splits following the EU ruling, the contract also raises questions about how non-Google phones will receive security updates without the same contractual pressures. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Google mandates two years of security updates for popular phones in new Android contract," 24 Oct. 2018 The contractual revenue is before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization, however, so actual numbers may be higher or lower. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "After working with Tesla’s Australia battery, wind company wants more batteries," 25 Sep. 2018 Every summer featured some sort of Ronaldo-Real Madrid rumor, mainly involving his contractual situation compared to other superstars. Juan Pimiento,, "Ronaldo's shock transfer, the World Cup semis and the best of the week in soccer," 12 July 2018 What if every worker had a predetermined, contractual share of the gross? Stephen Horwitz, WSJ, "Two Blueprints to Make America Great Again," 9 Dec. 2018 This contractual commitment to patching devices goes much further and guarantees in many cases that devices will remain up to date. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Google mandates two years of security updates for popular phones in new Android contract," 24 Oct. 2018 Since The Times had already paid the developer $4.8 million in cleanup costs under a contractual agreement when the property was sold, the judge directed LeatherCare to pay the Times the difference of $1.8 million. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Judge holds Seattle Times, leather-cleaning company responsible for cleanup costs at former Troy Laundry site," 24 Aug. 2018 Official regulations require the police to sign contractual agreements for each investigation approved for familial DNA searching, according to the state. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Dispute Delays NYPD Access to DNA Database," 22 Aug. 2018 Marquette argued the case isn't about academic freedom or free expression, but contractual rights of a private employer to discipline an employee who acts unprofessionally through a mutually agreed-upon disciplinary process. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Supreme Court sides with Marquette professor John McAdams in free speech case, orders university to reinstate him," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of contractual

1827, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Legal Definition of contractual

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

Other Words from contractual

contractually adverb

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