legal tender

noun

Definition of legal tender

  1. :  money that is legally valid for the payment of debts and that must be accepted for that purpose when offered

Examples of legal tender in a sentence

  1. Soon after France adopted the euro, the French franc ceased to be legal tender.

  2. coins and bills are considered legal tender, but postage stamps are not

Circa 1730

First Known Use of legal tender

circa 1730


LEGAL TENDER Defined for English Language Learners

legal tender

noun

Definition of legal tender for English Language Learners

  • : money that the law allows people to use for paying debts


Law Dictionary

legal tender

noun

Legal Definition of legal tender

  1. :  money that is legally valid for the payment of debts and that must be accepted for that purpose when offered



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