contractor
con·trac·tor /'kän-ˌtrak-tər, kən-'trak-/ n: one that contracts: as
a: one that contracts to perform work or provide supplies
b: one that contracts to erect buildings

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

contractor
I noun architect, artificer, builder, constructor, designer, deviser, engineer, maker, planner, worker associated concepts: artisan's lien, independent contractor, general contractor, materials lien, mechanic's lien, subcontractor II index materialman, supplier

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


contractor
n.
A person who contracts to do work for someone else, on an independent basis, using his or her own materials and methods and not under the control of the customer with regard to the details of how the work is done. See also independent contractor, subcontractor

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


contractor
1) A person or entity that enters into a contract.
2) A person or entity that agrees to construct a building or to provide or install specialized portions of a construction project. The party responsible for the overall job is the general contractor, and those hired to construct or install certain parts (electrical, plumbing, roofing) are subcontractors, who are responsible to the general contractor and not to the property owner.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations → LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships, etc.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Homeowners

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


contractor
n. A party to a contract, especially one who agrees to provide goods or services to the other parties.
@ general contractor
A contractor who agrees to undertake a large project, such as the construction of a building, and who hires and coordinates subcontractors to complete parts of the project. Also called prime contractor.
@ independent contractor
A contractor who agrees to provide services to another party, but who retains significant or complete control over how the work is done.
See also contractor, employee.
@ prime contractor
A contractor who agrees to undertake a large project, such as the construction of a building, and who hires and coordinates subcontractors to complete parts of the project. Also called general contractor..
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@ subcontractor
A person retained by a contractor (usually a general contractor or another subcontractor) to complete a part or all of the obligations owed by the contractor under a particular contract or series of contracts. For example, general contractors who build houses frequently hire subcontractors to install the plumbing.
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

contractor
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 overall 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 mechanic's lien against the property.
   3) a person who performs services but is not an employee, often called an "independent contractor."

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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