Definition of monetary in English:



  • Relating to money or currency.

    ‘documents with little or no monetary value’
    • ‘Various economists were critical about monetary union for basically two reasons.’
    • ‘It seems as if they have never heard anything about the monetary theory of the trade cycle.’
    • ‘Yet this is a problem for that firm, not a problem with the monetary system as a whole.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, we now know more about this academic, monetary economist than we did a short while ago.’
    • ‘Growth of the monetary base is thus limited to the inflow of foreign currency.’
    • ‘It's easy to be depressed when you look around and see the state of monetary affairs.’
    • ‘GNP is a monetary measure of the total value of output of a country in any time-period.’
    • ‘This makes it very clear that this industry plays a major role in monetary terms.’
    • ‘The governor is the steward of the monetary principles and economics of the country.’
    • ‘Dr Klaus claims he is helping people not for monetary gain but because he wants to.’
    • ‘It is probably best described as the exercising of monetary policy, but not via low interest rates.’
    • ‘The launch of the euro as legal tender marks the completion of monetary union.’
    • ‘Economic and monetary union is certain to have major consequences for competition policy.’
    • ‘However, the uprating is perhaps more significant than its monetary value might suggest.’
    • ‘Sadly, most of London seems to have got wise to the value, monetary or otherwise, of gems such as these.’
    • ‘It is therefore essential that the two monetary systems should be mutually independent.’
    • ‘Things acquire monetary value on the basis of their prestige, not the other way around.’
    • ‘You probably find the fact that there is a monetary value to your work rather distasteful.’
    • ‘The remarkable thing is how little attention in the West this fiscal and monetary policy has received.’
    • ‘The company wants an injunction and is currently investigating monetary damages.’
    financial, fiscal, pecuniary, money, cash, economic, budgetary, capital
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Early 19th century from French monétaire or late Latin monetarius, from Latin moneta ‘money’.