From latin pecuniarius, "of, or pertaining to money"

Pecuniary relates to money or finance - a pecuniary loss refers to a financial loss.

From Latin pecuniarius, "of, or pertaining to money". The latin pecus in fact means cattle and would have originally referred to property in cattle, this would have been at a time when wealth was measured in flocks and herds.

With the advance in civilization, and as wealth has become associated with ideals other than cattle, the word has been retained but has taken on the new meaning of money.


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