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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The firm in question has been on retainer with the University for over 10 years and this was a standard renewal of that contractual relationship. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Timing of Kentucky's $100,000 contract with NCAA-focused law firm 'just a coincidence'," 13 Mar. 2018 The advantage of skipping the NBA summer leagues is having more options overseas to pick a suitable situation based on variables like contractual terms, a club’s financial stability, an English-speaking coach and location. Mark Zeigler,, "SDSU's Pope headed to Lakers for summer, Kell likely to go overseas," 27 June 2018 In July 2006, Young’s lawyers filed a suit against Jibe Audio, Pentagram and Lamar which accused them of failing to meet contractual agreements, according to the report by The Guardian. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Testify in Court for Beats Headphone Royalties Case," 21 June 2018 Wadlin’s pursuit of employment with Amazon eviscerates the contractual terms Walmart bargained for’’ in her employment agreement, the chain’s lawyers said in the Delaware Chancery Court lawsuit. Fortune, "Walmart Sues Its Former Chief Tax Officer for Taking Job at Amazon," 7 June 2018 The proposal may or may require any contractual terms with the teachers union 2.Immersion strategies can be creative and individually designed for the pace of a student. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "Chief of D.C. secondary schools removed in Ballou High graduation scandal," 23 Jan. 2018 As part of the settlement, Lantern agreed to pay at least $8.75 million to satisfy certain contractual claims and pay for the Weinstein Co.’s operating expenses since June 29 in exchange for a lower purchase price. Washington Post, "Judge approves revised Weinstein Co. bankruptcy sale plan," 11 July 2018 The section titles used in these Terms are purely for convenience and carry with them no legal or contractual effect., "San Diego Union-Tribune Terms of Service," 25 June 2018 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

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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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