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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The endowment, which will expand UT-Austin’s existing Texas Advance Commitment program, will completely cover tuition and fees for 8,600 in-state students whose families have financial need and household incomes up to $65,000 a year. Houston Chronicle, "University of Texas promises free tuition to students with families making less than $65K," 9 July 2019 The fund, which is part of mayor Randall Woodfin’s Healthy Food Initiative, would serve as a pool of funds for the city to provide financial incentives for grocery stores. Shauna Stuart |,, "Salad and grain bowl-focused blueroot co. now open in Pepper Place," 9 July 2019 Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton, a former University of Miami standout, has broken his silence following a car crash that ended his football career last week, and is seeking financial help. Keven Lerner,, "Dolphins’ Kendrick Norton breaks silence following car crash, seeks financial help through GoFundMe," 9 July 2019 That came as a surprise to car buyers like Buckley, many of whom research financial incentives before visiting a dealership, Kitzmiller said. Scott Dance,, "Maryland's electric vehicle rebate is so popular it ran out of money even before the fiscal year began July 1," 8 July 2019 Buttigieg projects that the financial incentive will help triple the number of entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds in 10 years. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg Unveils Walker-Lewis Plan Aimed At Encouraging Black Entrepreneurship," 8 July 2019 Employers have a financial incentive to prefer OPT applicants over U.S. workers. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "H-1B: Judge revives lawsuit seeking to kill foreign-student work permit, allows input from Big Tech and outsourcers," 5 July 2019 These should include providing financial and other incentives to stay. Olayinka Stephen Ilesanmi, Quartz Africa, "As Nigeria’s health infrastructure crumbles, doctors have become a key export," 3 July 2019 But research shows that financial incentives rewarding top performers often have the effect of stirring up resentment among peers who feel overlooked. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Why it’s so dangerous when star employees check out," 2 July 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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The first known use of financial was in 1769

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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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