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 prospect of tighter U.S. monetary policy had contributed to wild gyrations in markets this year amid worries that higher borrowing costs could hurt the economy at a time when global growth is already showing signs of slowing. Riva Gold, WSJ, "Stocks Show Signs of Steadying Ahead of Jobs Report," 7 Dec. 2018 But the Fed is, at least theoretically, supposed to be an independent body that sets monetary policy free from political influence. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump’s beef with the Fed, explained," 29 Nov. 2018 Indonesia, the Philippines and Mexico all announced tighter monetary policy in recent weeks, citing concerns around higher inflation. Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, "Emerging Markets Get Boost From Falling Oil," 21 Nov. 2018 The Florida Department of Corrections is receiving an influx of cash from a private vendor that facilitates all monetary transactions inside the prisons — at a steep cost to inmates' loved ones. Ben Conarck,, "Florida prisons add for-profit services, consider visitation cuts," 10 June 2018 The court had previously ruled that a five-year statute of limitations applied to civil monetary penalties the SEC has sought to collect. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Judge Dismisses SEC Suit Against Former Och-Ziff Executives," 13 July 2018 Drug makers that fail to meet this requirement are subject to civil monetary penalties. Bradford R. Lang, STAT, "An insider’s view of the myths and misconceptions behind 340B ‘reform’," 19 June 2018 But McLellan said the city may decide to impose a civil monetary penalty at a later date. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit seeks to compel landlords to list renters in search for tax evaders," 17 Apr. 2018 The notice sent to SeaWorld states that recommended actions by the SEC staff could include an injunction, a cease-and-desist order, and civil monetary penalties. Lori Weisberg,, "SeaWorld faces possible securities sanctions," 12 Apr. 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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