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[fi-nan-shuh l, fahy-] /fɪˈnæn ʃəl, faɪ-/
pertaining to monetary receipts and expenditures; pertaining or relating to money matters; pecuniary:
financial operations.
of or relating to those commonly engaged in dealing with money and credit.
financials, financial information or data about a company, as balance sheets and price-earnings ratio.
Origin of financial
First recorded in 1760-70; finance + -ial
Related forms
financially, adverb
nonfinancial, adjective
nonfinancially, adverb
prefinancial, adjective
quasi-financial, adjective
quasi-financially, adverb
1. Financial, fiscal, monetary, pecuniary refer to matters concerned with money. Financial usually refers to money matters or transactions of some size or importance: a financial wizard. Fiscal is used especially in connection with government funds, or those of any organization: the end of the fiscal year. Monetary relates especially to money as such: a monetary system or standard. Pecuniary refers to money as used in making ordinary payments: a pecuniary obligation or reward. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for financial
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  • Our present financial condition is without a parallel in history.

  • The financial as well as this ecclesiastical question was a problem.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • He had, as well, intelligence, but it was not of a financial sort.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • This made him quite independent of Crane's financial bolstering.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • He wanted to be a pioneer only in financial paths; and after all, this was our mountain now.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for financial


/fɪˈnænʃəl; faɪ-/
of or relating to finance or finances
of or relating to persons who manage money, capital, or credit
(Austral & NZ, informal) having money; in funds
(Austral & NZ) (of a club member) fully paid-up
Derived Forms
financially, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for financial

1769, from finance (n.) + -al (1). Related: Financially.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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