mon·e·tary | \ˈmä-nə-ˌter-ē 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 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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The Pharma Letter wrote that this could lead to a pattern of Russian drug companies filing for similar compulsory licenses, which could, in turn, lead to monetary losses for international drugmakers operating in Russia. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Russian Drugmaker Granted License to Produce Celgene Copycat," 11 July 2018 Police said no monetary losses had yet been reported. Kathy Routliffe,, "Police blotter: Kenilworth police report early morning newspaper theft," 15 June 2018 Sub Edge Farm estimated the monetary loss at $2,000 in a separate post on its business Facebook page. Jordan Otero Sisson, Courant Community, "Beehives Belonging to Hanover's Stonewall Apiary Stolen From Sub Edge Farm in Farmington," 2 Apr. 2018 The suit is seeking an order to have strippers reclassified as employees, and to have anyone employed by the Admiral over the past 10 years who opts into the lawsuit get back pay for minimum wages, as well as other monetary damages. Robert Channick,, "Exotic dancer sues Admiral Theatre for denying her employee wages and benefits," 13 July 2018 The five former players demand monetary damages for loss of economic opportunity and compensatory damages. Michael Mccann,, "Should the NCAA Be Worried About the Lawsuit It's Facing From Former Louisville Players?," 12 July 2018 The lawsuit, obtained by Fox News, doesn't state how much the model is seeking in monetary damages. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Victoria’s Secret model says bed bugs ‘massacred’ her at hotel," 28 June 2018 The suit asks that the city be forced to transfer the agreement to Aimco, along with unspecified monetary damages. Jacob Adelman,, "Dranoff accuses Camden of stymieing Victor Building sale to Denver company in lawsuit," 22 June 2018 The couple filed a civil lawsuit against Perry in U.S. District Court on April 11 seeking monetary damages, accusing Perry of excessive force and false arrest. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "8 complaints, 2 lawsuits, 1 shooting: Why one officer didn’t draw more IMPD scrutiny," 8 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of monetary

: of or relating to money

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