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[mon-i-ter-ee, muhn-] /ˈmɒn ɪˌtɛr i, ˈmʌn-/
of or relating to the coinage or currency of a country.
of or relating to money; pecuniary:
The necklace has sentimental as opposed to monetary value.
Origin of monetary
1795-1805; < Late Latin monētārius. See money, -ary
Related forms
[mon-i-tair-uh-lee, muhn-, mon-i-ter-uh-lee, muhn-] /ˌmɒn ɪˈtɛər ə li, ˌmʌn-, ˈmɒn ɪˌtɛr ə li, ˈmʌn-/ (Show IPA),
nonmonetary, adjective
premonetary, adjective
unmonetary, adjective
1. See financial. Unabridged
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  • Not so much in response, but for disparate reasons, the nation's fiscal and monetary arsenal was pretty much deployed.
  • The issue has less to do with school and franchise tradition than with the value of perpetuating an image for monetary gain.
  • The practical impact of tighter monetary policy is higher unemployment.
  • It was as if everyone in that class was coming to writing from more of a therapeutic and monetary angle.
  • This elegantly written, scholarly work will appeal to those interested in financial history or monetary theory.
  • The case for monetary stimulus is strong.
  • People would be attracted towards it only if they see some kind of monetary profit.
  • If this fraud were for monetary gain there are many laws to deal with it.
  • We live in a society that exalts competition and its monetary rewards.
  • This amounts, in effect, to a slight tightening of monetary policy.
British Dictionary definitions for monetary


/ˈmʌnɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
of or relating to money or currency
of or relating to monetarism: a monetary policy
Derived Forms
monetarily, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin monētārius, from Latin monētamoney
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Word Origin and History for monetary

"pertaining to money," 1802, from Late Latin monetarius "pertaining to money," originally "of a mint," from Latin moneta "mint, coinage" (see money). Related: Monetarily.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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