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legal tender

noun
1.
currency that may be lawfully tendered in payment of a debt, such as paper money, Federal Reserve notes, or coins.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40
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Examples from the web for legal tender
  • For starters, abolish legal tender laws and permit some combination of commodities to serve as money.
  • TV and computer screens were alight, airplanes were aloft and cash machines were dispensing legal tender.
  • Travelers checks can be used as legal tender at many businesses, and you will receive change in the local currency.
  • While it's all legal tender, it can be quite confusing.
  • To subtract part of the silver or gold by friction, but not to such an amount as to render the coin useless as a legal tender.
  • All currency with a serial number ending in that digit would no longer be legal tender.
  • The euro is legal tender at the island's main tourist resorts.
  • Defending cash as a legal tender is an incredibly important principle.
  • But a breakup of the euro means that the euro will no longer be honored as legal tender.
  • He wants to abolish laws on legal tender, so that investors can use whatever currency they want.
British Dictionary definitions for legal tender

legal tender

noun
1.
currency in specified denominations that a creditor must by law accept in redemption of a debt
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legal tender in Culture

legal tender definition


Any form of money that a government decrees must be accepted in payment of debts.

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