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


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



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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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Mr Macri promised to tame soaring prices with tight monetary policy, a problem Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Argentina’s previous president, had tried to obfuscate by publishing dodgy macroeconomic data and imposing currency controls. The Economist, "Argentina faces the prospect of another default," 15 Aug. 2019 Donate here Paso Del Norte Community Foundation has created the El Paso Victims Relief Fund, which is accepting monetary donations for victims and their families. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "How You Can Help Victims of the El Paso and Dayton Shootings—and Fight for Gun Reform," 5 Aug. 2019 Inflation and inflation expectations are some of the main channels through which monetary policy is supposed to work. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "The Fed finally cut rates. Will anyone notice?," 31 July 2019 The case does not seek monetary relief for plaintiffs. Nyssa Kruse, Indianapolis Star, "DCS has long-documented problems. This lawsuit wants to change that.," 25 June 2019 Twitch is seeking monetary relief and a permanent legal injunction barring the defendants from posting on Twitch in the future. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Twitch sues users who posted porn, racism, and more to Artifact stream page," 19 June 2019 The food bank is supported by local food drives held by individuals, schools, civic organizations and businesses, as well as monetary donations and contributions from Second Harvest Food Bank. Kim Chatelain,, "35 years in the making, new food bank taking shape in Covington," 19 June 2019 Build-a-Bear will also be accepting new, unwrapped toys to donate to Toys for Tots through December 9 in stores, and accepting monetary donations in stores and online through December 26. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Shop Build-a-Bear's "Buy 1, Gift 1" Event This Week and Help a Child in Need," 28 Nov. 2018 After nearly four years of tightening, Jerome Powell, the central bank’s chairman, said the Fed was loosening monetary policy amid uncertainties about trade and the world economy as well as lower inflation expectations. The Economist, "Business this week," 3 Aug. 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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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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