money order

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money order (plural money orders)

  1. (finance) A directive to pay a prespecified amount of money from prepaid funds, making it a more trusted method of payment than a check.
    • 1965, Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics, Official Year Book of the Commonwealth of Australia No. 51 - 1965, page 589,
      The issue of money orders and postal notes is regulated by sections 74-79 of the Post and Telegraph Act 1901—1961. The maximum amount for which a single money order payable within Australia may be obtained is £40, but additional orders will be issued upon request when larger amounts are to be remitted. The maximum amount permitted to be sent by any one person to a person or persons outside Australia is £A.10 a week. A postal note is not available for a sum larger than twenty shillings.
    • 2007, Gary B. Magee, Andrew S. Thompson, ‘Migrapounds’: Remittance Flows Within the British World, c. 1875—1913, Kate Darian-Smith, Patricia Grimshaw, Stuart Macintyre (editors), Britishness Abroad: Transnational Movements and Imperial Cultures, page 47,
      In the UK, a Money Order Office was formed in 1838, a separate and specialised department of the Royal Mail that had its origins in an officially sanctioned private business carried on from the late eighteenth century.9 [] By 1873, a reliable international money order service was in full operation between the United Kingdom and the majority of its colonies,10 as well as with a number of other countries, not least the USA.11
    • 2009, Marsha Collier, EBay Business All-in-One For Dummies, page 390:
      I begin my discussion of payments with money orders and cashier′s checks because I think they′re just the greatest way to receive payment. Money orders and cashier′s checks are fast, cheap, and negotiable (just like cash).


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