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 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.
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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Monetary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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