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.
1, 2. See financial.
Origin: 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
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