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Sunday, February 03, 2002

Definitions for pecuniary

  1. Relating to money; monetary.
  2. Consisting of money.
  3. Requiring payment of money.

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Citations for pecuniary
He lacked the finer element of conscience which looks upon Art as a sacred calling, she remembered, and because of "pecuniary necessities" he "scattered his forces in many different and unworthy directions." James F. O'Gorman, Accomplished in All Departments of Art
The young man of the house was absorbed in his vegetable garden and the possibilities for pecuniary profit that it held. Samuel Chamberlain, Clementine in the Kitchen
Origin of pecuniary
Pecuniary comes from Latin pecuniarius, "of money, pecuniary," from pecunia, "property in cattle, hence money," from pecu, "livestock, one's flocks and herds."