[ pi-kyoo-nee-er-ee ]
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  1. of or relating to money: pecuniary difficulties.

  2. consisting of or given or exacted in money or monetary payments: pecuniary tributes.

  1. (of a crime, violation, etc.) involving a money penalty or fine.

Origin of pecuniary

First recorded in 1500–10; from Latin pecūniārius, derivative of pecūnia “property, money (wealth in cattle),” derivative of pecū “flock”; see peculiar,fief

synonym study 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/, adverb
  • non·pe·cu·ni·ar·y, adjective

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How to use pecuniary in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pecuniary


/ (pɪˈkjuːnɪərɪ) /

  1. consisting of or relating to money

  2. law (of an offence) involving a monetary penalty

Origin of pecuniary

C16: from Latin pecūniāris, from pecūnia money

Derived forms of pecuniary

  • pecuniarily, adverb

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