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 Recession fears are escalating as the economy is slammed by higher energy prices and tighter monetary policy. Paul Swartz, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2022 Indexes have settled into an August lull as investors await consumer-price data Wednesday that could set expectations for how the Federal Reserve will approach monetary policy going forward. WSJ, 9 Aug. 2022 The federal government should enact and expediently implement sound monetary policy that reduces both core and current high inflation levels, lower the high costs of living and fortify our weak economy. Anchorage Daily News, 7 Aug. 2022 The bond market, in turn, is pricing in an easing in monetary policy next year. Nick Sargen, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 The report illustrated how inflation and tighter Fed monetary policy have undercut consumers’ purchasing power and dialed back demand. Peyton Forte, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 This is the central question at the heart of raging monetary policy debates right now. Allison Morrow, CNN, 27 July 2022 With the Federal Reserve set to deliver another big rate rise Wednesday, considerable uncertainty still surrounds the final destination for the central bank’s campaign of monetary policy tightening. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, 27 July 2022 As the country’s central bank, the Federal Reserve is in charge of monetary policy. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 25 July 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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The first known use of monetary was in 1663

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12 Aug 2022

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“Monetary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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

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: of or relating to money

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