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From Latin pecūniārius, from pecūnia (money), itself from pecū (cattle) and thus related to fee.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɪˈkjuːn(jə)ɹi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /pəˈkjuniɛɹi/
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pecuniary (not comparable)

  1. Of, or relating to, money; monetary, financial.
    • 1858, Anthony Trollope, “Chapter IV”, in Doctor Thorne. [], volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), London: Chapman & Hall, [], →OCLC:
      Perhaps the reader will suppose after this that the doctor had some pecuniary interest of his own in arranging the squire's loans; or, at any rate, he will think that the squire must have thought so.
    • 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, I.21:
      The views of philosophers, with few exceptions, have coincided with the pecuniary interests of their class.

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