monetary

adjective
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 monetarily (audio) also  ˌmə-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for monetary

Synonyms

dollars-and-cents, financial, fiscal, pecuniary, pocket

Antonyms

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.

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But with a switch led by the Federal Reserve to looser monetary policy this year, the stage has been set for a rebound in growth. Martin Crutsinger, The Seattle Times, "Leading finance officials acknowledge global slowdown," 12 Apr. 2019 The stimulus exit is a global trend among the rich world's major monetary authorities — the ECB, the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan. David Mchugh, Fox News, "European Central Bank to take next step in tapering stimulus," 13 Sep. 2018 A few weeks later, the monetary authority lowered interest rates despite inflation being well above the target. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "Argentina’s Central Bank Lifts Policy Rate to 60%," 30 Aug. 2018 These countries’ monetary authorities have already won the battle for price stability that Argentina is still waging. The Economist, "Will Argentina’s woes spread?," 10 May 2018 However, even with the star's clout and monetary support, Charles was still denied the ability to rent an apartment. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Offers to Pay Five Years of Rent for a Former Inmate Yet He Was Denied a Home," 18 Mar. 2019 The game is also free to play (though monetary investments certainly help) and there are thorough tutorials and A.I. matches than can walk you through the basics. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 The last major obstacle to staying on this path is the deflationary monetary policy of the Federal Reserve. Stephen Moore And Louis Woodhill, WSJ, "The Fed Is a Threat to Growth," 13 Mar. 2019 Corporate bonds have fared even better than Treasurys, a result both of the diminished threat of interest-rate increases and the improved economic outlook now that the Fed has shifted to a more accommodative monetary policy. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Debt Investors Embrace ‘Upside Down’ World After Fed Shift," 14 Feb. 2019

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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

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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

monetary

adjective
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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