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

  • n. Currency in the form of government notes and bank notes.

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  • n. Cash in the form of banknotes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. notes or bills, usually issued by government or by a banking corporation, promising payment of money, and circulated as the representative of coin.

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

  • n. currency issued by a government or central bank and consisting of printed paper that can circulate as a substitute for specie


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  • No.X. At a time when at serious and unimpassioned discussion would be heeded, other considerations of a more general nature would be deemed very potent obstacles in the way of those who would engraft the power of Congress to constitute its paper money a legal tender in payment of debts, upon the clause of the Constitution delegating the authority to use auxiliary means, "necessary and proper" to carry into effect primary, specified powers.

    "Cato" on constitutional "money" and legal tender. In twelve numbers from the Charleston Mercury.

  • By the time he was done shopping, he had spent a pile of near-worthless paper money big enough to kindle a fire from green wood.

    Cold Mountain

  • She knew that the mushrooms had sprouted from jars of odd Mundane paper money Richard had buried around the yard, and that the irises grew wherever the woman Janet Hines went.

    Roc and a Hard Place

  • Virginia’s paper money was depreciating, and the British Board of Trade threatened to outlaw the currency unless the decline was arrested.

    Robert Morris

  • When the republicans came into power, and that paper money ( "greenbacks," as they were called) were pronounced legal tender by the government, a payment due to me was proffered in that form.

    Further Records, 1848-1883: A Series of Letters

  • On the question of paper money we find Mr. Cochrane and Mr. Glassford ” both of whom were bankers as well as merchants ” in communication with Baron Mure and Sir James Steuart, the economist, soon after Smith left Glasgow.

    Life of Adam Smith


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