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Pecuniary refers to a something related to money, such as a monetary interest or award. he received thanks but no pecuniary compensation for his services" Pecuniary comes from Latin pecuniarius, "of money, pecuniary," from pecunia, "property in cattle, hence money," from pecu, "livestock, one's flocks and herds." If a statute provides for pecuniary punishment for violators, they are subject to being fined rather than face jail time. Non-pecuniary damages in a lawsuit refers to injuries like pain and suffering, that are not subject to a precise quantifiable amount in dollars.