legal tender

legal tender
something that can be used as an official medium of payment
Syn: ↑tender, ↑stamp
Hypernyms: ↑medium of exchange, ↑monetary system
Hyponyms: ↑food stamp

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noun [noncount]
: money that the law allows people to use for paying debts

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

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ˌlegal ˈtender [legal tender] noun uncountable
money that can be legally used to pay for things in a particular country

These coins are no longer legal tender.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • legal tender — n: money that is legally valid for the payment of debts and that must be accepted for that purpose when offered Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. legal tender …   Law dictionary

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  • legal tender — ˌlegal ˈtender noun [uncountable] FINANCE coins and bank notes that are officially allowed to be used as money in a particular place: • These notes are no longer legal tender. * * * legal tender UK US noun [U] MONEY ► coins or bank notes that are …   Financial and business terms

  • Legal tender — Legal Le gal (l[=e] gal), a. [L. legalis, fr. lex, legis, law; prob. orig., that which lies or is fixed (cf. L. lectus bed), and if so akin to E. lie, law: cf. F. l[ e]gal. Cf. {Lie} to be prostrate, {Loyal}, {Leal}.] 1. Created by, permitted by …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Legal tender — (engl., spr. līgäl, »gesetzliche Achtung«), die Banknoten beigelegte Eigenschaft, als gesetzliches Zahlungsmittel zu dienen. Vgl. Papiergeld und Banken, S. 346 …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • legal tender — n [U] coins or bank notes that people can officially use as money in a particular country …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • legal tender — noun uncount the money that is officially used in a country …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • legal tender — *money, cash, currency, specie, coin, coinage …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • legal tender — ► NOUN ▪ coins or banknotes that must be accepted if offered in payment of a debt …   English terms dictionary

  • legal tender — n. money that may be legally offered in payment of an obligation and that a creditor must accept …   English World dictionary

  • Legal tender — This article is about the payment medium. For the song, see Legal Tender (song). Legal tender is a medium of payment allowed by law or recognized by a legal system to be valid for meeting a financial obligation.[1] Paper currency is a common form …   Wikipedia