mon·​e·​tary | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce monetary (audio) also ˈmə- \

Definition of monetary

: of or relating to money or to the mechanisms by which it is supplied to and circulates in the economy a crime committed for monetary gain a government's monetary policy

Other Words from monetary

monetarily \ ˌmä-​nə-​ˈter-​ə-​lē How to pronounce monetary (audio) also  ˌmə-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for monetary



  • nonfinancial
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Examples of monetary in a Sentence

a crime committed for monetary gain Gold was once the basis of the U.S. monetary system.
Recent Examples on the Web Inflation results from a combination of federal monetary policy and reckless tax and spending policies at the federal and state levels. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 The decline comes as investors rotate out of futuristic themes and higher multiple stocks, amid rising interest rates and tighter monetary policy by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Trefis Team, Forbes, 17 May 2022 But from a broader perspective, the changes in monetary policy and the rise in inflation have fundamentally changed the dynamic between stocks and bonds, said Evercore ISI analyst Julian Emanuel. Paul Vigna, WSJ, 16 May 2022 Recession fears have been growing recently as the Federal Reserve tightens monetary policy to help cool down inflation that’s running near its hottest pace since the early 1980s. Fortune, 16 May 2022 The Federal Reserve’s tighter monetary policy could help cool off demand, Lehner writes. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 15 May 2022 Investor fears that the Federal Reserve will have to aggressively tighten monetary policy to bring down inflation unleashed a massive stock sell-off on Wall Street during the week. Washington Post, 14 May 2022 The Federal Reserve, which formulates U.S. monetary policy, plays a key role in setting interest rates. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 13 May 2022 The first factor in the current inflation is the highly expansionary monetary policy in recent years. Jeffrey D. Sachs, CNN, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of monetary

1663, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monetary

Late Latin monetarius of a mint, of money, from Latin moneta

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monetary aggregate

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20 May 2022

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“Monetary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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mon·​e·​tary | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce monetary (audio) \

Kids Definition of monetary

: of or relating to money

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