from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to money: a pecuniary loss; pecuniary motives.
  • adj. Requiring payment of money: a pecuniary offense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to, money; monetary, financial.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to money; monetary

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to money: as, pecuniary affairs or losses.
  • Consisting of money: as, a pecuniary reward or penalty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or involving money


Latin pecūniārius, from pecūnia, property, wealth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pecūniārius, from pecūnia ("money"). (Wiktionary)



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