EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PECUNIARY
I assure you, my dear Sir, that you truly hurt me with your pecuniary parcel.
The corporation for pecuniary gain has neither body nor soul.
Its only aim is pecuniary gain, to which it subordinates all else.
It had better not be based on pecuniary obligations; these more often mar than make a friendship.
I suppose you know his pecuniary condition perfectly; has he money?
The cost no more entered into his calculations in a personal than a pecuniary sense.
Pecuniary assistance was therefore not to be had from him, and the sisters were penniless.
With them the mercenary and the pecuniary are ever distinct from the religious.
But no pecuniary considerations lay at the bottom of his selection.
"Oh, I didn't mean any pecuniary recompense," he said, a little nettled.
c.1500, from Latin pecuniarius "pertaining to money," from pecunia "money, property, wealth," from pecu "cattle, flock," from PIE root *peku- "wealth, movable property, livestock" (cf. Sanskrit pasu- "cattle," Gothic faihu "money, fortune," Old English feoh "cattle, money").
Livestock was the measure of wealth in the ancient world. For a possible parallel sense development in Old English, see fee, and cf., evolving in the other direction, cattle. Cf. also Welsh tlws "jewel," cognate with Irish tlus "cattle," connected via notion of "valuable thing."