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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The move comes as yields around the world have been dragged lower by signals from global central banks that a slowing economy could prompt a shift to cutting interest rates and easing monetary policy. ... Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "Tourism, High Yields Lure Investors to Iceland," 5 July 2019 The Fed’s statement came in its semiannual report on monetary policy. Josh Boak,, "US adds solid 224,000 jobs; Fed rate cut may be less certain," 5 July 2019 Like her, the newish vice-president, Luis de Guindos, is a former minister without monetary-policy experience. The Economist, "The tasks facing Europe’s top team," 4 July 2019 But practically, Congress could change the Federal Reserve Act if monetary policy drew enough ire. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Trump’s Decision to Tap Shelton Creates Political Risk for the Fed," 3 July 2019 An interesting issue will be how this affects monetary policy in individual countries. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Econometer: Could the Libra cryptocurrency be a good thing?," 28 June 2019 Recessions typically result when the Federal Reserve tightens monetary policy to cool an overheating economy. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Could a trade war trigger the next recession, and how would that impact Colorado?," 9 June 2019 The consumer confidence index which stood at 104.6 points in March swung to 97.3 points in May, according to data released by the Reserve Bank of India yesterday (June 6) after its bi-monthly monetary policy announcement. Nupur Anand, Quartz India, "Here’s proof that Indians are losing confidence in their economy," 7 June 2019 The Federal Reserve is holding its benchmark interest rate steady, although policymakers indicate a willingness to loosen the monetary reins if U.S. economic growth sags. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Fed wary of economic clouds, but leaves interest rates unchanged for now," 19 June 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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