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[kuh n-trak-choo-uh l] /kənˈtræk tʃu əl/
of, pertaining to, or secured by a contract.
1860-65; < Latin contractu-, stem of contractus contract + -al1
Related forms
contractually, adverb
noncontractual, adjective
Can be confused
contextual, contractual. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for contractual
  • Even modern marriage entails contractual obligations, but friendship involves no fixed commitments.
  • Whether or not a guarantee of quality is a contractual obligation, it's implicit in the project itself.
  • These people have no contractual relationship with the business they work for, which in turn has no control over them.
  • Law is rightly recognising privacy policies as enforceable contractual promises.
  • Nothing in there overtly said he was quitting, so he could not be accused of forsaking his contractual obligations.
  • They now have a contractual right to explore relocation options.
  • If you have a contractual line of credit, the bank is obligated to maintain that.
  • Their contractual arrangement provided that if any of the owners was sold, the others could buy that owner's equity.
  • It was a victory not just of contractual obligations but of theoretical principles.
British Dictionary definitions for contractual


of the nature of or assured by a contract
Derived Forms
contractually, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for contractual

1827, from Latin contractus (see contract (n.)) + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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