May 17, 2012
- pecuniary (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- : of, relating to, or consisting of money
- How do you use it?
- Since she has shown an interest in pecuniary matters since childhood, it is no surprise that Julia has decided to become an accountant.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which of these sentences would you put your money on as the one that uses "pecuniary" correctly?It's answer A that pays off. Answer B uses "pecuniary" as a noun instead of an adjective. The writer of that sentence was thinking of the piglike animal called a "peccary." Since guests at a masquerade party don't wear their ordinary clothes, the writer of the sentence for C should have said that Miranda looked "peculiar" in her T-shirt and jeans. The writer of the sentence for D turned the meaning of "pecuniary" upside down. Anyone who is a billionaire has clearly been successful in money matters. That leaves sentence A, and the heavy financial burden placed upon Mr. Franklin by his purchases.