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.
Recent Examples on the Web Why introduce an untested idea into a monetary system that is working well? Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 10 Sep. 2021 That a private company, servicing almost a third of the global population, was poised to circumvent the existing international monetary system shocked central banks already reeling from the rise of cryptocurrencies. Charlie Campbell, Time, 11 Aug. 2021 Yet faith in the monetary system hasn’t looked as shaky recently. The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 But Lebanon’s crisis was caused by extensive deficit spending by the government that left it deeply in debt, and by unsustainable monetary policies that finally collapsed, leaving the banks largely insolvent and the value of the currency plunging. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, 4 Aug. 2021 Asian stocks mostly rose Thursday after the Federal Reserve kept its accommodative monetary policies and signaled that economic recovery was on track. Annabelle Liang, ajc, 29 July 2021 Even the Bitcoin law looks like unfinished business: Its redrafting of an entirely new monetary system is hastily sketched in two pages and 16 articles, which is why a more detailed regulation is expected to be issued soon. Wired, 30 June 2021 Secondly, in the case of countries like El Salvador, many of whose problems are to do with the irresponsible use of monetary policies that have often sparked hyperinflation. Enrique Dans, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Buterin says his donation aligns with his belief in building crypto into something that's better than the monetary system that exists now. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 27 May 2021

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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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17 Sep 2021

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“Monetary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 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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