con·​trac·​tu·​al kən-ˈtrak-chə-wəl How to pronounce contractual (audio)
: of, relating to, or constituting a contract
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 Businesses use these contractual restrictions to prevent employees from going to work for competing employers for a specified period after leaving a company. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2023 These varied significantly depending on the app and the contractual status of the moderator, and staff members tended to get better support than freelancers and outsourced workers. WIRED, 20 Nov. 2023 This quartet of players are all feeling the pressure of time, aging bodies, and contractual complications, none of which are positive assets for the Clippers. Morten Stig Jensen, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 This year, actors hoisting picket signs with long lists of credits described instances of begging business affairs executives for their fees and leaning on SAG-AFTRA staff to help enforce their contractual rights. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 9 Nov. 2023 In other states, the contractual minimum hourly wage will be $23 once all of the raises called for in this new contract are phased in. Michael McQuarrie, Fortune, 21 Oct. 2023 The complaint alleged fraud, breach of contract, and intentional interference with contractual relations, among other claims. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Oct. 2023 Maisel persuaded Merrill Lynch to agree on contractual language that said Marvel would try to cover a third of the budget. Joanna Robinson, Rolling Stone, 10 Oct. 2023 Davis has released hundreds of pages of emails, contractual documents, memos, and other veterinary records detailing the public university’s work for Neuralink between 2018 and 2020. Dell Cameron, WIRED, 4 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of contractual was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Contractual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


con·​trac·​tu·​al kən-ˈtrak-chə(-wə)l How to pronounce contractual (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a contract
contractual agreements

Legal Definition


con·​trac·​tu·​al kən-ˈtrak-chə-wəl How to pronounce contractual (audio)
: of, relating to, or constituting a contract
a contractual agreement
contractually adverb

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