legal tender

noun
Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of legal tender

: 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

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First Known Use of legal tender

circa 1730

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LEGAL TENDER Defined for English Language Learners

legal tender

Definition of legal tender for English Language Learners

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


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legal tender

noun

legal Definition of legal tender

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


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