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pecuniary

[pi-kyoo-nee-er-ee] /pɪˈkyu niˌɛr i/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to money:
pecuniary difficulties.
2.
consisting of or given or exacted in money or monetary payments:
pecuniary tributes.
3.
(of a crime, violation, etc.) involving a money penalty or fine.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; < Latin pecūniārius, derivative of pecūnia property, money (pecūn-, derivative of pecū flock (see peculiar), with -ūn- as in tribūna tribune1, fortūna fortune, etc. + -ia -ia); see -ary
Related forms
pecuniarily
[pi-kyoo-nee-air-i-lee] /pɪˌkyu niˈɛər ɪ li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
nonpecuniary, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. See financial.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-pecuniary

pecuniary

/pɪˈkjuːnɪərɪ/
adjective
1.
consisting of or relating to money
2.
(law) (of an offence) involving a monetary penalty
Derived Forms
pecuniarily, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin pecūniāris, from pecūnia money
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Word Origin and History for non-pecuniary

pecuniary

adj.

c.1500, from Latin pecuniarius "pertaining to money," from pecunia "money, property, wealth," from pecu "cattle, flock," from PIE root *peku- "wealth, movable property, livestock" (cf. Sanskrit pasu- "cattle," Gothic faihu "money, fortune," Old English feoh "cattle, money").

Livestock was the measure of wealth in the ancient world. For a possible parallel sense development in Old English, see fee, and cf., evolving in the other direction, cattle. Cf. also Welsh tlws "jewel," cognate with Irish tlus "cattle," connected via notion of "valuable thing."

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