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Sunday, February 03, 2002

Definitions for pecuniary

  1. of or relating to money: pecuniary difficulties.
  2. consisting of or given or exacted in money or monetary payments: pecuniary tributes.
  3. (of a crime, violation, etc.) involving a money penalty or fine.

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Citations for pecuniary
My honest friend, in pecuniary matters, always be exact as a second-hand; never mind with whom it is, father or stranger, peasant or king, be exact to a tick of your honor. Herman Melville, Israel Potter, 1855
You know, my dear Edward, that I have always turned down any pecuniary assistance you have offered me in the past. William Safire, Scandalmonger, 2000
Origin of pecuniary
1495-1505
Pecuniary can be traced to the Latin term pecūnia meaning "property, money" with the root pecū meaning "flock; farm animals." It entered English in the late 1400s.