of or pertaining to money: pecuniary difficulties.
consisting of or given or exacted in money or monetary payments: pecuniary tributes.
(of a crime, violation, etc.) involving a money penalty or fine.

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

pecuniarily [pi-kyoo-nee-air-i-lee] , adverb
nonpecuniary, adjective

1, 2. See financial. Unabridged
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pecuniary (pɪˈkjuːnɪərɪ)
1.  consisting of or relating to money
2.  law (of an offence) involving a monetary penalty
[C16: from Latin pecūniāris, from pecūnia money]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
In order to justify policy intervention, these concerns must be about
  externalities, either pecuniary or technological.
The student's best interests should always be given higher priority than an
  institution's pecuniary interests.
Perhaps they're put off by the principle of the thing, rather than the
  pecuniary loss.
By most reasonable standards, the pecuniary advantages of a college education
  are declining a bit for a majority of new workers.
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