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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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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Drew Dorian is a Michigander through and through who has held a wide variety of consumer-focused positions throughout his career, ranging from financial counselor to auto salesperson. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Buyer's Guide Assistant Editor," 13 May 2019 Kawabata's grandfather, Kunishiro, started the cosmetics department of a larger financial group called Kitao in 1919. Devon Abelman, Allure, "What Kitao's Matcha Skin-Care Line Taught Me About Japanese Beauty," 11 May 2019 Waking up before dawn wasn’t (and still isn’t) easy, but having some financial incentives helped motivate me to commit to this routine early on. Julia Sullivan, SELF, "How I Went From Hating Exercise to Becoming a Fitness Instructor in 5 Years," 3 May 2019 In addition to the financial damages, the alleged fraud also cost NASA years of scientific experiments with their weather satellites and led to the discontinuation of the Taurus XL rocket used for the launches. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Says Two of Its Rockets Failed Because of Metals Fraud," 1 May 2019 The probe is looking into alleged financial misconduct of the kind that Mr. North has raised in the internal battles. Mark Maremont, WSJ, "New York Attorney General Probes NRA as Oliver North Exits as President," 27 Apr. 2019 One of the challenges Russ faced was losing his job in season 2 of Happily Ever After, which, naturally, put a financial strain on the couple's relationship. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What '90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?' Stars Paola and Russ Are Actually Like Off Camera," 27 Apr. 2019 With four younger siblings, including a 15-year-old brother who lives with cystic fibrosis, Yolanda said a full scholarship would ease the family’s financial stress. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "New Orleans Senior Antoinette Love Got Into 115 Colleges and $3.7 Million in Scholarship Offers," 26 Apr. 2019 Aside from the financial toll—which even with financing options is still weighty—egg freezing levees a physical tax. Hannah Selinger, Glamour, "I Spent $17K Freezing Eggs—And I Regret Every Penny," 22 Apr. 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

Other Words from financial

financially adverb

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one that collects or salvages junk

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