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n. 1) a person or entity that enters into a contract. 2) commonly, a person or entity that agrees to construct a building or to provide or install specialized portions of the construction. The party responsible for the over-all job is a “general contractor,” and those he/she/it hires to construct or install certain parts (electrical, plumbing, roofing, tile-laying, etc.) are “subcontractors,” who are responsible to the general contractor and not to the property owner. An owner must be sure that the subcontractors are paid by the general contractor by demanding and receiving proof of payment, or the subcontractor will be entitled to payment from the owner based on a mechanics lien against the property. (See: contract, independent contractor, subcontractor)
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a person who is a party to a contract. See e.g. BUILDING CONTRACT.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006
CONTRACTOR. One who enters into a contract this term is usually applied to
persons who undertake to do public work, or the work for a company or
corporation on a large scale, at a certain fixed price, or to furnish goods
to another at a fixed or ascertained price. 2 Pardess. n. 300. Vide 5 Whart.
A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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