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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Legally valid currency that may be offered in payment of a debt and that a creditor must accept.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any form of currency that by law cannot be refused as payment to extinguish a debt equal to the amount offered.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That currency, or money, which the law authorizes a debtor to tender and requires a creditor to receive. It differs in different countries.
  • n. See under Legal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That can be lawfully used in paying a debt: as, legal-tender currency; legal-tender money, See tender.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something that can be used as an official medium of payment

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