Definition of pecuniary
1 : consisting of or measured in money pecuniary aid pecuniary gifts
2 : of or relating to money pecuniary needs pecuniary rewards
pecuniarilyplay \pi-ˌkyü-nē-ˈer-ə-lē\ adverb
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Examples of pecuniary in a Sentence
that makes good pecuniary sense
the judge recused himself from the case because he had a pecuniary interest in the company that was being sued
Recent Examples of pecuniary from the Web
ABC reported the act also means family members can often not obtain judgments for non-pecuniary damages, such as pain and suffering, when a passenger dies in international waters.
To become a superpower the United States embraced ideals delineated in its Constitution, guided by national interests, rather than short-term pecuniary gains of its politicians or business elite.
But to deliberately throw up roadblocks that prevent easy comparisons is to turn up an institution’s collective nose at anyone with even the mildest pecuniary concerns.
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Did You Know?
Pecuniary first appeared in English in the early 16th century and comes from the Latin word pecunia, which means "money." Both this root and Latin peculium, which means "private property," are related to the Latin noun for cattle, pecus. In early times, cattle were viewed as a trading commodity (as they still are in some parts of the world), and property was often valued in terms of cattle. Pecunia has also given us impecunious, a word meaning "having little or no money," while peculium gave us peculate, a synonym for "embezzle." In peculium you might also recognize the word peculiar, which originally meant "exclusively one's own" or "distinctive" before acquiring its current meaning of "strange."
PECUNIARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pecuniary for English Language Learners
: relating to or in the form of money
Legal Definition of pecuniary
: consisting of, measured in, or relating to money pecuniary damages
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