pecuniary

[ pi-kyoo-nee-er-ee ]
/ pɪˈkyu niˌɛr i /

adjective

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.

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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

SYNONYMS FOR pecuniary

1, 2 See financial.

OTHER WORDS FROM pecuniary

pe·cu·ni·ar·i·ly [pi-kyoo-nee-air-i-lee] /pɪˌkyu niˈɛər ɪ li/, adverbnon·pe·cu·ni·ar·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-pecuniary

pecuniary
/ (pɪˈkjuːnɪərɪ) /

adjective

consisting of or relating to money
law (of an offence) involving a monetary penalty

Derived forms of pecuniary

pecuniarily, adverb

Word Origin for pecuniary

C16: from Latin pecūniāris, from pecūnia money
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