- 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
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Examples from the Web for pecuniary
Yet according to Hamilton, “it was quickly apparent that other than pecuniary consolation would be acceptable.”Should the U.S. Really Pay a Kim’s Ransom?
December 21, 2014
Many Democrats have found the pecuniary power of Republican Super PACS highly intimidating.DIY Swift-Boating: Alexandra Kerry Launches Ad Your Voice 2012
October 21, 2012
I assure you, my dear Sir, that you truly hurt me with your pecuniary parcel.The Letters of Robert Burns
The corporation for pecuniary gain has neither body nor soul.
Its only aim is pecuniary gain, to which it subordinates all else.
It had better not be based on pecuniary obligations; these more often mar than make a friendship.Lysis
I suppose you know his pecuniary condition perfectly; has he money?Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
- consisting of or relating to money
- law (of an offence) involving a monetary penalty
Word Origin and History for pecuniary
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."