Antedating of "Contractual"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Jan 18 20:37:15 UTC 2005

Jeremy Bentham was one of the greatest of English-language neologists: he
coined "maximize," "minimize," "utilitarian," "codify," and, his most
important coinage, "international."  Here's another one to add to his

contractual (OED 1861)

1827 Jeremy Bentham _Rationale of Judicial Evidence_ II. 441  Laws,
whether of the purely public or of the private (or contractual) class, as
above, have no other object, effect, or use, than in as far as they give
birth or termination to rights or obligations.

Fred Shapiro

Fred R. Shapiro                             Editor
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