terms of service

plural noun

: the legal terms (see term entry 1 sense 4) that set forth the nature, scope, and limits of a service (such as one offered through a website or an app) and the rules that the service's users must agree to follow
… Twitter users' complaints alerted the company that three of his messages violated the terms of serviceJake Tapper
… most people have no idea what is signed away when they click "agree" to binding terms of service contracts—again and again on phones, laptops, tablets, watches, e-readers and televisions.The New York Times
abbreviation TOS

Examples of terms of service in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new terms of service have already come into effect for new subscribers. David Phelan, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 Like Hulu’s terms of service, the changes to Disney Plus’ agreement are dated January 25th and are already in effect for new customers. Charles Pulliam-Moore, The Verge, 6 Feb. 2024 There’s a constant stream now of stories of controversial items creeping into terms of service or data breaches leaving millions of customers exposed. IEEE Spectrum, 29 Nov. 2023 In their lawsuit, however, the former customers argue that stipulations in the FTX terms of service complicate the picture. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 2 Feb. 2024 The Verge reported in mid-December that ByteDance was using OpenAI’s technology to train its own chatbot, violating OpenAI’s terms of service. Lionel Lim, Fortune Asia, 1 Feb. 2024 While Microsoft’s terms of service prohibit nonconsensual nude images, users relied on loopholes, including one that allowed those images to be generated when celebrities’ names were slightly misspelled. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 30 Jan. 2024 The Peabody board of jurors is made up of media industry professionals, media scholars, critics and journalists, appointed by the program’s executive director to a renewable three-year term of service. Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Jan. 2024 The Peabody Board of Jurors, made up of media industry professionals, media scholars, critics and journalists, is appointed by Jones to a renewable three-year term of service. Michael Schneider, Variety, 18 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1994, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of terms of service was in 1994

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“Terms of service.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terms%20of%20service. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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