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

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 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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Corporate bonds have fared even better than Treasurys, a result both of the diminished threat of interest-rate increases and the improved economic outlook now that the Fed has shifted to a more accommodative monetary policy. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Debt Investors Embrace ‘Upside Down’ World After Fed Shift," 14 Feb. 2019 The lawsuit, which does not seek specific monetary damages, asks a San Francisco federal judge to declare that Uber is in violation of federal antitrust laws and state anti-competitive laws. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Uber was “hell-bent on stifling competition,” new lawsuit alleges," 12 Dec. 2018 This sets up a tension between the central bank—which must manage rates in keeping with its twin goals of stable prices and full employment—and investors, many of whom would prefer looser monetary policy. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Investors Are Betting That the Fed Hits Pause on Rate Hikes," 2 Jan. 2019 The larger argument for a pause is that the Fed is unwinding the largest monetary experiment in modern history. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Time for a Fed Pause," 17 Dec. 2018 The Trans Relief Project provides monetary assistance and education to transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals who need help changing names and gender designate on legal documents such as US passports and driver's licenses. Allure, "6 Ways to Support Transgender and Nonbinary People Right Now," 21 Oct. 2018 The monetary award must be reviewed by the trial judge. Matt Volz, Fox News, "Jury: Jehovah's Witnesses must pay $34M to abuse survivor," 27 Sep. 2018 The Fed's projection on rate hikes came with release of the central bank's semi-annual monetary report to Congress. Martin Crutsinger,, "Federal Reserve projects further gradual hikes in key rate," 13 July 2018 The Lions Club also presented a monetary award to Howard County Chief of Police Gary Gardner, to support the Explorer Scout program. Tracy Trobridge, Howard County Times, "Glenwood Lions Club recognizes police and fire heroes [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]," 12 July 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 How to pronounce monetary (audio) \

Kids Definition of monetary

: of or relating to money

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