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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With this data, the think tank was able to estimate the production even in places like China that don’t make their financial information publicly available (coal plants in North America and Europe make this data public). Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Nearly Half the World's Coal Plants Are Losing Money," 4 Dec. 2018 The list of nine demands, sparked by a financial aid scandal, calls for the resignation of the college president and board members, as well as seven other demands – from specialized counseling to combating gentrification, FOX5 reported. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "Howard students occupy campus building, demand gender, sex, police changes due to 'systemic oppression'," 2 Oct. 2018 Breaking up the financial, industrial and transportation giants and cartels while returning the pieces to their historic homes is a nice daydream. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "In America’s ‘geography of despair,’ how to help the left-behind places?," 21 Nov. 2018 Over the longer term, financial, product and labor markets find their own equilibriums. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Why Central Bankers Missed the Crisis," 16 Nov. 2018 However, since then, their crimes have been much more financial in nature, including the theft of $81 million in the Bangladesh Bank robbery and the WannaCry ransomware attacks. Jon Porter, The Verge, "North Korea-linked hackers stole tens of millions from ATMs across the world," 8 Nov. 2018 November will undoubtedly be a race about stabilizing the state’s financial situation and breaking its long history of corrupt leadership (four of the past ten governors have ended up in prison). Tara Golshan,, "Illinois results for every midterm race," 8 Nov. 2018 In some countries, for instance, the law gives control of household assets to the man, and this very much restricts the ability of women to use the property as collateral to access the financial system. Sean Illing, Vox, "Want less poverty in the world? Empower women.," 5 Nov. 2018 Getty ImagesSunset Boulevard The 1980s were a bad time for a lot of things—cocaine abuse, corruption at financial institutions, leg-warmers—but one thing this decade did very well was horror. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best '80s Horror Movies That Are Still Terrifying Today," 23 Oct. 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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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, 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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