Definition of contractual in US English:



  • 1Agreed in a contract.

    ‘a contractual obligation’
    • ‘The current government, as well as regulators, have been trying to find a way out of their contractual obligations.’
    • ‘The duties owed by the pastor to the church are not contractual or enforceable.’
    • ‘He did not think it could change and saw it as a binding contractual commitment.’
    • ‘We would be obliged if you would revise your Minutes to reflect this contractual requirement.’
    • ‘And in that respect, all the churches can do is to impose contractual sanctions.’
    • ‘These contractual agreements create a delivery right and an obligation for members.’
    • ‘It was more economically rational to employ forces as and when required on a contractual basis.’
    • ‘The term also refers to contractual stipulations either implied by law or expressly mandated by the contracting parties.’
    • ‘It has also imposed contractual terms that do not permit either bidder to reveal those bids.’
    • ‘The general approach to construction of contractual documents is not in doubt.’
    • ‘A person who enters into a binding contract acquires contractual rights that are created by the contract.’
    • ‘We agreed to co-operate with and assist you to comply with your contractual obligations with regard to the defect.’
    • ‘The injunction we seek is not one that in any way interferes with existing contractual rights or obligations.’
    • ‘These are serious breaches of contractual obligations, the company maintains.’
    • ‘The frequency of renegotiation is troubling because the contractual changes often are not desirable.’
    • ‘Desmond's remedy would be the recovery of the rifle, not the right to enforce contractual payment.’
    • ‘That contract imposes a similar, contractual duty to exercise reasonable skill and care in relation to the design.’
    • ‘But as the speech of Lord Goff demonstrates, that contractual obligation is of little utility.’
    • ‘He did what he had to do, and that was to redesign the viaduct such that it could be built and would comply with the contractual requirements.’
    • ‘A sharp rise in contractual obligations could, de facto, wipe out his precarious autonomy.’
    compulsory, obligatory, mandatory, involuntary, forced, exacted, coerced, imposed, demanded, required, requisite, stipulated, binding, necessitated, necessary, unavoidable, inescapable, obliged, impelled, constrained, dictated, ordained, prescribed
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    1. 1.1 Having similar characteristics to a contract.
      ‘the contractual nature of the shareholder's rights’
      • ‘The question of any contractual character the crown might possess was skirted.’
      • ‘It is easy to make too much of the contractual nature of the relationship.’
      • ‘The contractual nature of employment today has heightened the levels of exploitation.’