fi·nan·cial | \fə-ˈnan(t)-shəl, 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, 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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Investments Risks: China retaliates by dumping its massive holdings of U.S. government bonds, a move that would likely boost borrowing costs in the U.S. for consumers, businesses and the federal government and cause tumult in financial markets. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Trade wars are damaging, so why is Trump fighting one with China?," 13 July 2018 The monetary report noted that worries about rising trade tensions had caused a period of turbulence in financial markets earlier this year. Martin Crutsinger,, "Federal Reserve projects further gradual hikes in key rate," 13 July 2018 ELi, by keeping expenses low, is able to do serious journalism with very few financial resources. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "As local news outlets struggle to survive, citizen-led efforts are stepping up," 10 July 2018 The tariffs that the United States and China slapped on each other’s exports Friday intensified a trade battle that has a strong risk of roiling financial markets, chilling consumer confidence and seriously harming the global economy. Don Lee,, "U.S. and China slap big tariffs on each other, escalating trade fight," 6 July 2018 The millionaire population is highly correlated to the financial markets. Kathleen Pender,, "Dozens of millionaires fled California after 2012 tax increase, study says," 6 July 2018 Frequently, people are of very limited financial resources., "Please Stop Calling This Actress "The New Jennifer Lawrence"," 3 July 2018 The younger Watkins also has devoted financial resources to his run, personally lending $175,100 to his campaign last year. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Kansas candidate’s father spends $100,000 in effort to get son elected to Congress," 3 July 2018 The real issue with the 2008 crisis was that the problems were systemic within the financial system and, more importantly, the issues were global. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "This Miami man created the Florida prepaid college plan. He also owned Studio 54.," 2 July 2018

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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, 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

Other Words from financial

financially adverb

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