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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Some are obvious, such as to fulfill contractual obligations — for instance, when an insurer pays out a claim. Anick Jesdanun,, "GDPR: Why you're getting all those privacy emails, and what's changing under new EU rules," 25 May 2018 The section titles in the TOS are used solely for the convenience of you and Bloomberg and have no legal or contractual significance. Bloomberg, "Terms of Service," 8 July 2018 Their only contractual commitments beyond this season are to first baseman Freddie Freeman, pitcher Julio Teheran and center fielder Ender Inciarte, for a total of about $38 million. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Top prospect Ronald Acuna has Braves dreaming of return to glory days," 17 Mar. 2018 The Yardbirds played their final show in 1968, although Page did fulfill contractual obligation as the Yardbirds and New Yardbirds on a string of dates that year with new bandmates Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. Ed Masley, azcentral, "The Yardbirds through the years: Jim McCarty on life with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page," 5 June 2018 Negotiations were also held with the Florida Municipal Power Agency and the Orlando Utilities Commission to resolve contractual obligations. Jim Turner, miamiherald, "State regulators override staff objection, approve FPL's acquisition of Vero Beach utility," 5 June 2018 Their relationship soured during a bitter contractual dispute., "FBI raid sought information on Trump lawyer's bank loans connected to taxi business," 12 Apr. 2018 The depth keeps it in the interest of the franchise to keep Tucker under contractual control for as long as possible, which would be jeopardized if he were called up before June. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Grand slam by Astros prospect Kyle Tucker raises excitement but not chances of making roster," 27 Mar. 2018 Alabama's contractual payout was $4.5 million, while Louisville's was $2.75 million. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Alabama will get $1.75 million more than Louisville for football game," 20 June 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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