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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 pecuniarily

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 pecuniarily
pecuniary
c.1500, from L. pecuniarius "pertaining to money," from pecunia "money, property, wealth," from pecu "cattle, flock," from PIE base *peku- (cf. Skt. pasu- "cattle," Goth. faihu "money, fortune," O.E. feoh "cattle, money"). Livestock was the measure of wealth in the ancient world. For a related sense development in O.E., see fee. Cf. also Welsh tlws "jewel," cognate with Ir. tlus "cattle," connected via notion of "valuable thing."
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