pecuniary

adjective
pe·​cu·​ni·​ary | \ pi-ˈkyü-nē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce pecuniary (audio) \

Definition of pecuniary

1 : consisting of or measured in money pecuniary aid pecuniary gifts
2 : of or relating to money pecuniary needs pecuniary rewards

Other Words from pecuniary

pecuniarily \ pi-​ˌkyü-​nē-​ˈer-​ə-​lē How to pronounce pecuniary (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for pecuniary

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • nonfinancial
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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. Among Latin speakers (as among many other populations, past and present) cattle were viewed as a trading commodity, 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 "characteristic of only one" or "distinctive" before acquiring its current meaning of "strange."

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
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First Known Use of pecuniary

1506, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pecuniary

Latin pecuniarius, from pecunia money — more at fee

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24 Sep 2022

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“Pecuniary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pecuniary. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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pecuniary

adjective
pe·​cu·​ni·​ary | \ pi-ˈkyü-nē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce pecuniary (audio) \

Legal Definition of pecuniary

: consisting of, measured in, or relating to money pecuniary damages

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