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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monetarily \ ˌmä-​nə-​ˈter-​ə-​lē How to pronounce monetarily (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 Banking profits and monetary policy options for the U.S. are likely to follow in time. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Bond Markets Show a Japanese Future for U.S. Banks," 3 July 2020 Their members provide insight of local economic trends to inform the Fed’s monetary policy decisions, including interest rate changes. Karen Ho, Quartz, "More than 70% of US Fed bank board directors appointed in 2020 are white," 29 June 2020 This is partly due to the Fed's commitment to loosen its monetary policy. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Dow slides more than 500 points as the economic outlook gets drearier," 26 June 2020 Given the truly unprecedented level of monetary policy support fueling financial markets, some commentators have suggested traders should heed different measures to value equities to incorporate central bank largesse. Cormac Mullen, Fortune, "‘Everything is expensive’ rally drives stocks to record valuations," 23 June 2020 All of these banking activities are thought of as monetary policy. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "The Government Can Afford Anything It Wants," 19 June 2020 Extending that program and other fiscal policy is the purview of Congress, and not within the powers of the Federal Reserve which focuses on monetary policy with the mandate of encouraging full employment. Richard Escobedo, CBS News, "Fed's Neel Kashkari warns bank losses during COVID could trigger next financial crisis," 19 June 2020 Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will testify before Congress on monetary policy Wednesday. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Stocks set to open higher on recovery hopes," 18 June 2020 The Fed’s semiannual on monetary policy contrasts sharply with the outlook , when the unemployment rate was at 50-year low of 3.5 percent. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "Powell warns recession ‘has not fallen equally on all Americans,’ public health crisis will dictate recovery," 16 June 2020

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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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6 Jul 2020

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“Monetary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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