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[pi-kyoo-nee-er-ee] /pɪˈkyu niˌɛr i/
of or relating to money:
pecuniary difficulties.
consisting of or given or exacted in money or monetary payments:
pecuniary tributes.
(of a crime, violation, etc.) involving a money penalty or fine.
Origin of pecuniary
1495-1505; < Latin pecūniārius, derivative of pecūnia property, money (pecūn-, derivative of pecū flock (see peculiar), with -ūn- as in tribūna tribune1, fortūna fortune, etc. + -ia -ia); see -ary
Related forms
[pi-kyoo-nee-air-i-lee] /pɪˌkyu niˈɛər ɪ li/ (Show IPA),
nonpecuniary, adjective
1, 2. See financial. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pecuniarily
Historical Examples
  • The more the guests ate and drank the better, pecuniarily, for their hosts.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie
  • It's a good thing for him, and it's a good thing for me, pecuniarily.

    The Ghost William. D. O'Connor
  • The treasure he had in her, culinarily and pecuniarily, though he didn't know it!

    Folly as It Flies Fanny Fern
  • But he had cannied and caddied in the wrong way, pecuniarily.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • From the social standpoint he had nothing to desire, and pecuniarily he was independent.

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
  • It is in this way that the success of Renan, pecuniarily speaking, was achieved.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • Mr. Payne's virtue was, pecuniarily and otherwise, its punishment.

  • Ignorance was no hinderance to advancement, socially or pecuniarily.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • I wish I were in a position to help him pecuniarily, but at present I am not.

  • pecuniarily I could not help him—for though he was poor, I was scarcely less so.

British Dictionary definitions for pecuniarily


consisting of or relating to money
(law) (of an offence) involving a monetary penalty
Derived Forms
pecuniarily, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin pecūniāris, from pecūnia money
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Word Origin and History for pecuniarily



c.1500, from Latin pecuniarius "pertaining to money," from pecunia "money, property, wealth," from pecu "cattle, flock," from PIE root *peku- "wealth, movable property, livestock" (cf. Sanskrit pasu- "cattle," Gothic faihu "money, fortune," Old English feoh "cattle, money").

Livestock was the measure of wealth in the ancient world. For a possible parallel sense development in Old English, see fee, and cf., evolving in the other direction, cattle. Cf. also Welsh tlws "jewel," cognate with Irish tlus "cattle," connected via notion of "valuable thing."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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