from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Legal tender, especially paper currency, authorized by a government but not based on or convertible into gold or silver.

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  • noun economics Money that is given legal value or made legal tender for money debts by government fiat.

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  • noun money that the government declares to be legal tender although it cannot be converted into standard specie


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