fi·​nan·​cial | \ fə-ˈnan(t)-shəl How to pronounce financial (audio) , fī-\

Definition of financial

: relating to finance or financiers financial aid the financial district

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Other Words from financial

financially \ fə-​ˈnan(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce financially (audio) , fī-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for financial


dollars-and-cents, fiscal, monetary, pecuniary, pocket



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Examples of financial in a Sentence

The company is headed for financial disaster. a family struggling with financial problems I would like some financial advice before I buy this house.
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Versum said its board consulted with its independent financial and legal advisers and concluded that Merck’s $48-a-share bid isn’t a superior proposal. Colin Kellaher, WSJ, "Versum Materials Rejects Merck’s Bid," 1 Mar. 2019 The House Intelligence Committee has sought to bolster its investigative staff with financial and forensic accounting experts, part of an expansion of the Trump-Russia probe since Democrats gained control of the chamber. Greg Miller, The Seattle Times, "House Intelligence chairman voices concern that Mueller’s scrutiny of Trump’s finances isn’t adequate," 10 Feb. 2019 The movie starred Natalie Wood and Rosalind Russell, and was both a critical and financial success, earning $11 million at the box office as well as three Oscar nominations. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Amy Sherman-Palladino to Direct Gypsy, a Burlesque Musical," 7 Feb. 2019 The Bottom Line Any plan that restricts real, whole foods, and requires taking supplements comes at a cost, including financial and environmental ones. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "9 Keto Diet Dangers Nutritionists Want You to Know About," 2 Jan. 2019 The narrative mainly supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russia’s actions in the country, which includes financial and military support for the Assad regime. Alex Ward, Vox, "4 main takeaways from new reports on Russia’s 2016 election interference," 17 Dec. 2018 During the final days of campaigning, Cruz accused O’Rourke of providing financial support to a caravan of immigrants seeking refuge in the United States. Taylor Crumpton, Teen Vogue, "Beto O'Rourke Won With Texas's Black Women Because We Are Still the Moral Compass of United States Politics," 12 Nov. 2018 The financial industry itself gets some of the blame. Ellen Sheng, Marie Claire, "Women Need to Think About Investing Differently Than Men," 30 Jan. 2019 The businessman founded Bloomberg LP, a media and financial data services company, in 1981. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Michael Bloomberg's Net Worth Ranks Him Among the World's Top Billionaires," 26 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of financial

1769, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for financial

finance entry 1 + -ial

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English Language Learners Definition of financial

: relating to money


fi·​nan·​cial | \ fə-ˈnan-shəl How to pronounce financial (audio) , fī-\

Kids Definition of financial

: having to do with money or finance a financial expert financial aid

Other Words from financial

financially adverb financially successful



Legal Definition of financial

: relating to finance or financiers

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financially adverb

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to corrupt or become corrupted

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