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

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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 With monetary policy’s effect on the economy famously having long and variable lags behind, as Milton Friedman emphasized, this raises the probability that the Fed acts too late to rein in rising inflation. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Everything Screams Inflation," 5 May 2021 Ağbal's successor, the country's fourth head of monetary policy in two years, paradoxically argued high rates are in fact responsible for rising prices rather than their solution. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, "Turkey wages war on cryptocurrencies and investors lose a fortune," 30 Apr. 2021 These measures, along with our strong guidance on interest rates and on our balance sheet, will ensure that monetary policy will continue to deliver powerful support to the economy until the recovery is complete. New York Times, "Fed Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged as Economy Begins to Heal," 28 Apr. 2021 Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is slated to discuss the central bank's response to the economic recovery at 2:30 p.m. EDT at a time that experts worry the stock market is more sensitive to monetary policy than it's ever been before. Jonathan Ponciano, Forbes, "Here's Why Stocks Are Stalling Ahead Of The Fed's Announcement And Biden's Address," 28 Apr. 2021 The record employment and fast-rising wages just before COVID-19 struck, especially among disadvantaged groups, were not the result of inflation or of monetary policy. John H. Cochrane, National Review, "Inflation: The Ingredients Are in the Pot, and the Fire Is On," 26 Apr. 2021 Claudia Sahm, a former Fed economist and now a senior fellow at the Jain Family Institute, said the inequality stems from the limitations of the Fed’s monetary policy tool kit. Washington Post, "Two blocks from the Federal Reserve, a growing encampment of the homeless haunts the economy’s most powerful person," 17 Apr. 2021 Central bankers often differ over the state of the economy or the probable impact of their monetary-policy decisions. The Economist, "Be prepared The Fed should explain how it will respond to rising inflation," 17 Apr. 2021 The Fed has repeatedly said that inflation would need to run above its target of around 2% for a while, and that other factors, including a recovery of the labor market, were also key to changes in monetary policy. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "America's prices surged in March," 13 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of monetary was in 1663

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8 May 2021

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“Monetary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of monetary

: of or relating to money
: of or relating to the money in a country's economy


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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