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[fi-nan-shuh l, fahy-] /fɪˈnæn ʃəl, faɪ-/
pertaining to monetary receipts and expenditures; pertaining or relating to money matters; pecuniary:
financial operations.
of or relating to those commonly engaged in dealing with money and credit.
financials, financial information or data about a company, as balance sheets and price-earnings ratio.
Origin of financial
1760-70; finance + -ial
Related forms
financially, adverb
nonfinancial, adjective
nonfinancially, adverb
prefinancial, adjective
quasi-financial, adjective
quasi-financially, adverb
1. Financial, fiscal, monetary, pecuniary refer to matters concerned with money. Financial usually refers to money matters or transactions of some size or importance: a financial wizard. Fiscal is used especially in connection with government funds, or those of any organization: the end of the fiscal year. Monetary relates especially to money as such: a monetary system or standard. Pecuniary refers to money as used in making ordinary payments: a pecuniary obligation or reward. Unabridged
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  • So the family launched a campaign to get some of what they felt they were owed financially.
  • He is successful financially, with perhaps an inheritance as a solid background.
  • The recipient countries also profit from the arrangement financially but at a social price.
  • In essence, rewarding the companies financially for their leadership work.
  • Knowing that such euphoria could be financially perilous, an individual might be able to put the brakes on his or her spending.
  • Most parents would prefer to have someone at home with their children, but often this is not financially feasible.
  • There need to be a way to cut the expense of designing useful drugs but still keep it a financially lucrative endeavor.
  • Others would wait until they'd established themselves professionally and financially and go for it only in middle age.
  • It is too redolent of voodoo economics to be financially credible and too confusing to impress the voters.
  • Many were also financially savvy, working long hours and making six-figure incomes.
British Dictionary definitions for financially


/fɪˈnænʃəl; faɪ-/
of or relating to finance or finances
of or relating to persons who manage money, capital, or credit
(Austral & NZ, informal) having money; in funds
(Austral & NZ) (of a club member) fully paid-up
Derived Forms
financially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for financially



1769, from finance (n.) + -al (1). Related: Financially.

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