[fi-doo-shee-er-ee, -dyoo-]
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  1. Law. of or relating to the relation between a fiduciary and his or her principal: a fiduciary capacity; a fiduciary duty.
  2. of, based on, or in the nature of trust and confidence, as in public affairs: a fiduciary obligation of government employees.
  3. depending on public confidence for value or currency, as fiat money.

Origin of fiduciary

1585–95; < Latin fīdūciārius of something held in trust, equivalent to fīdūci(a) trust + -ārius -ary
Related formsfi·du·ci·ar·i·ly, adverbnon·fi·du·ci·ar·y, adjective, noun, plural non·fi·du·ci·ar·ies. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for fiduciary

guardian, curator, trustee, depositary

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noun plural -aries
  1. a person bound to act for another's benefit, as a trustee in relation to his beneficiary
    1. having the nature of a trust
    2. of or relating to a trust or trustee
Derived Formsfiduciarily, adverb

Word Origin for fiduciary

C17: from Latin fīdūciārius relating to something held in trust, from fīdūcia trust; see fiducial
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Word Origin and History for fiduciary

1630s, from Latin fiduciarius "(holding) in trust," from fiducia "trust" from root of fidere "to trust" (see faith). In Roman law, fiducia was "a right transferred in trust;" paper currency sense (1878) is because its value depends on the trust of the public. As a noun, from 1630s.

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